Updated September 11, 2011

Kampfgeschwader 53
4 Staffel, II Gruppe
Lille

He 111 P-1   

   



Unteroffizier Kolbeck

MISSION SUMMARY
MISSION #
DATE
TARGET AREA AND TARGET
BOMB RUN
ENEMY AC CLAIMS
D/P/K
CREW CASULTIES
L/S/K
NOTES
View the previous He 111 
8/1 July 27, 1940 Dover, Harbour - 0*/2/1   New He 111. *Two fighters hit but no effect. Bombs jettisoned. He 111 scrapped. Crew safe.
9/1 July 28/29, 1940 Beachy Head, Mines - - - First mission with new bomber. We got the same identification code.
10/2 July 30, 1940 Dover, Harbour 50 0/0/1 -    
11/3 July 31, 1940 Manston, Convoy - - - Poor weather. Mission aborted. Credited mission.

                   


COMBAT CREW

CREW STATION
NAME/RANK
EXPERIENCE  Missions CLAIMED KILLS
CONFIRMED
Experience Points
Notes
Pilot


Walter Kolbeck

Unteroffizier

He 111: - 1 4    
Mission: 4˝ 

Award:
   
Observer

Frank Ehrlich

Fahnenjunker
He 111: +0

BR +0
MG -1
11 1*/1/0
*1 no effect.

Gunnery: 1˝

Award:

Mission: 13

ON/%: 1/50
Formerly pilot on G1+T3, III/KG 55.
Nose Gunner


Wireless Operator

Fritz Borck

Obergefreiter

He 111: -1
MG -1
4       Gunnery: 

Award:  

Mission: 4˝
 
Wireless Operator

Mauritz Schramm

Gefreiter
He 111: -1
MG -1
2 2/0/1

1
Gunnery: 3

Award: 1

Mission: 4
Replacement for Ob.gef. Krüger.
INFIRMARY: Serious Wound - July 23, 1940. Will return to duty.
Engineer

Horst Scheunemann

Obergefreiter
He 111: -1
MG +0
4 1*/1/2
*1 no effect.
Gunnery: 5˝

Award:  

Mission: 5


CREW NOTES
MISSION
PILOT
OBSERVER
NOSE GUNNER
WIRELESS OP.
ENGINEER
8/1 Kolbeck
Unteroffizier
  Ehrlich
Fahnenjunker

Borck
Obergefreiter
Scheunemann
Obergefreiter
9/1             


                      
10/2                
11/3                                    

GREEN: New crew man. WHITE: Wounded. RED: KIA. BLUE: Frost bite. LT GREEN: Temporary Replacement crew man. PINK: MIA.

 Wound Badge (Black, Silver, Gold): Wounded (The Iron Cross, 2nd Class will be awarded with the Silver or Gold Wound Badge.
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (This image will be used when it is awarded with the Silver or Gold Wound Badge.)
 Iron Cross, 2nd Class (This image will be used when it is awarded for bravery or achievement.)
   
 RAF Fighter claimed KIA - S: Spitfire; H: Hurricane; G: Gladiator; F: Fulmar; D: Defiant; B: Blenheim; Be: Beaufighter. (Arrow pointing down was actually a strafing victory. An aerial victory pointed upwards. I choose the former for the esthetics.)
 Rank insignia: Crewman promoted/demoted.

AFTER ACTION REPORT
MISSION
#
DATE
TARGET AREA AND TARGET
MISSION DESCRIPTION
11/3 July 31 Manston, Convoy Another short mission. Our target was a convoy off Manston. We had not travelled far (zone 1) when four Spitfeuer from 19 Squadron appeared. Three were driven off by fighter escort and one fired at us, but missed.

The weather was poor over the convoy. It was impossible to spot it through the undercast. Huricanes from 303 Squadron attacked and damaged our bomber slightly. Flak fired blindly and was no threat. The commander decided to dump the bombs and return to Lille.

I heard a rumor that our next mission will be reconaisance to Plymouth. We'll fly alone with no escort.

Signed by

Walter Kolbeck

Unteroffizier Walter Kolbeck, Pilot

PLAY TEST COMMENTS: Rolling Fightr Cover vs Hurricane Vets and Aces seems to work better.
10/2 July 30 Dover, Harbour Dover again. All misisons to Dover have been dangerous. More than anticipated. Dover is only two zones away from our base at Lille. A Defiant was driven off by our Bf 109s in zone 1 and over Dover (zone 2). Light flak fired, but missed. Observer Ehrlich was On Target, 50%. Very good accuracy! Three waves attacked after the bomb run. we had poor fighter cover, but evenso the first two waves (23 and 61) were driven off. Four Hurricanes from 303 Squadron attacked in the third wave. One was removed by our Gruppe, due to our position (Lead Kettenkeil in Staffel) and one was driven off by 109s. The third Hurricane was shot down by (6 + 6) by Engineer Scheunemann and the fourth missed us. He passed from 5 high to 10 high and Observer Ehrlich could fire a short burst at him. No more fighters attacked.

Before we took off the oxygen system malfunctioned, but our altitude today was below oxygen altitude so it didn't have any effect on our mission.

Signed by

Walter Kolbeck

Unteroffizier Walter Kolbeck, Pilot

PLAY TEST COMMENTS: It is unclear when to roll for fighter pilot status, it must be adjusted. I think that it is also better to change Fighter Cover vs Hurricane Ace and Veterans to the Poor Column.
9/1 July 28/29 Beachy Head, Mines Uneventful mission. A Blenheim was patroling over the Channel but no contact with the He 111 was made.

Light low-level flak fired over the target area, but we were not hit.

The mining mission was unsuccessful. Royal Navy Mine Sweepers cleared the area quickly.

Intercom failed on the return. Engineer Scheunemann managed to repair it.

Signed by

Walter Kolbeck

Unteroffizier Walter Kolbeck, Pilot

PLAY TEST COMMENTS: Mining Missions do not flow well. Must be adjusted or deleted from this variant. It is also unclear if weather affects low-level missions. Must also be adjusted.
8/1 July 27, 1940 Dover, Harbour This was a short mission. Only two zones to Dover Harbour from Lille. We had reports of low RAF activity and it would prove to be correct - at least until we were over Dover. Poor weather was forecast, light fighter opposition and light flak. We were hit by flak on the bomb run which damaged the left wing root. The target was obscured by cloud so we went around for another run. No fighters seen, only light flak. Target still obscured - a third run. And now the fighters came. They attacked in three waves (45, 33, 11). A Spitfeuer damaged the right engine. I had to shut it off and from now on we were sitting ducks. I jettisoned the bombs and left the formation. Hurricanes from No. 303 Squadron found us. They made three attacks, but fortunately for us only one hit. Observer Ehrlich hit one of them.

Although one engine was dead I though I could make a safe landing, but I was wrong. Observer Ehrlich warned me. Our bomber was scrapped at landing, but the crew was safe. I wasn't experienced enough to land with only one engine. (One Engine out: -1; Pilot Exp: -1. Land roll "6" - result = bomber scrapped, crew safe.)

Signed by

Walter Kolbeck

Unteroffizier Walter Kolbeck, Pilot

PLAY TEST REMARKS: It has been a few days since I flew this mission and I don't remember if I thought of anything. No notes either. It seems though that I am beginning to get the Fighter Cover vs Hurricane Veterans and Aces and 303 Squadron Hurricanes right.

I went around on two extra bomb runs. Fighters appeared on my third run. I experimented with a +1 B-2 Modifier for each additional run over the target. It made more sense that if I circled over the target enemy fighters would soon attack, and the chance of enemy fighters would increase.

CREW MEN SENT HOME OR KILLED
CREW STATION
NAME
RANK
EXPERIENCE
Missions
CLAIMED KILLS
CONFIRMED
Notes
Bombardier


Ralf Neumann

Hauptgefreiter


-1 1 -   Wounded July 10, 1940. Sent home.
Gunnery Points (Award Pt): 0 (0)
Mission Points: 2 ˝
Bomb Run ON/%: 1/60
Wireless Operator

Konrad Krüger

Obergefreiter
+0 5 0/0/1

1
Gunnery: 2

Award: 1

Mission: 5 ˝
    KIA (2x SW) July 17, 1940
Bombardier


Walter Schwartz

Obergefreiter
+0 6 3/0/1

1
Gunnery: 3 ˝

Award: 1

Mission: 7

ON/%: 3/80
Replacement for H.gef. Neumann.
  KIA, July 23, 1940
Engineer

Martin Wagner

Hauptgefreiter
+0 7 1/1/0 Gunnery: 1 ˝

Award: 0

Mission: 8
KIA, July 23, 1940.

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