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    Historicon game 4

    Circling Sharks

    Game four’s mission was an attempted rescue of a downed pilot. A USN pilot was downed and the location known. A PBY Catalina was sent to pick him up with an escort of Hellcats. The Japanese weren’t about to let this happen without a fight….

    Pre-game photo looks like a game looking for players but by game time I had overflow with one more pilot than I submitted for. I always have extra planes with me so I rarely have to turn people away. When I do it’s only because there is no physical space to fit them in.
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    The Catalina begins it’s approach to land close to the pilot in a raft with his Hellcat escort and three more heading his way.
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    A flight of A6M5s closes in. Also an unassuming, unidentified boat slowly clears the islands.
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    The fighters climb and dive trying to get to grips with each other.
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    The Catalina about to land while the fighters above claw for position.
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    The fast Hellcats have blown past the Zeros that now get to think about what is happening below.
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    While the Catalina was on the water the model was moved to the edge of the table. No, it is not in an overdive!
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    A pair of Hellcats team up to splash a Zero. The downed Zero pilot (BobP) asked the American in the raft if he could join him but was emphatically refused.
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    The Catalina lifts off seemingly well protected by his little friends.
    What’s that? Another American in a raft? A little too far away to get to on the water so maybe get airborne and over to him?
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    It may look good with all those Hellcats around but they are a bit high up to interfere with the green Zero.
    The Catalina doesn’t get far and is sent back to the surface.
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    A second Catalina flies in to rescue the first’s crew and pilot. (This is Mike Jacob’s AIM Catalina. Mine is from Shapeways. AIM is much nicer!)
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    It immediately is attacked and an engine is hit and is smoking.
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    One Zero is set on fire by a pair of Hellcats. At least the later Zeros had some armor protection for the pilot and self sealing fuel tanks.
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    The second Catalina picks up the first’s crew and pilot. Like the first, it doesn’t get far after lifting off the ocean. The Hellcats can do nothing for their friends in the water. After downing another Zero they must leave as their fuel runs low.

    The unassuming trawler hoists a Japanese flag and picks up it’s downed pilots and then captures the Americans.
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    Not a good day got the USN flyboys.
    Victory to the Japanese!

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    Now that is what I call a WWII battle! Great Goodness! Awesome Peter!

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    Woah, that was a big one! And brutal!

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    A replay of our last WGS game, but much more dramatic!
    (and with beautiful planes)

    Really love that mat - the sea really looks 'right'.

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    Wonderful AAR and great pictures.
    This ocean is a Catalina cemetery.

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    Super game, and super planes and mat
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Well done! I keep the idea of rescue mission. Thanks for this AAR.

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    Oooh, wish I'd been there for this one! Looks like a fun one, Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by malachi View Post
    Oooh, wish I'd been there for this one! Looks like a fun one, Peter
    Mike liked his Hellcat so much he didn't let anyone shoot at him. He didn't get any shots off either. What was he up to? I guess the speed of the large movement cards threw some of the Hellcat pilots off a bit.

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    Are you sure that wasn't stumptonian touring the edge of space, or possibly a blindfolded Patrick?

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    What a scenario! The mat and the aircraft are simply awesome. You really know how to put on a show!
    “Fly fast - take chances!”

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    I am thinking that never were rescue missions more needed. i do not think American pilots fared well in Japanese captivity. Thanks you for posting good mission bad result.

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    that pby is the cats meow!!!
    hope i get to fly one someday.

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    Very good AAR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by milcoll73 View Post
    that pby is the cats meow!!!
    hope i get to fly one someday.
    Are you really sure you want to fly it? I had a volunteer to fly it. Shot down twice.

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    A great series of very disparate games Peter.
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to post them all.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    A great series of very disparate games Peter.
    Thanks for taking the time and effort to post them all.
    Rob.
    Thanks Rob. I still have one to go that I'll post on the Anchorage. It'll be a short one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Are you really sure you want to fly it? I had a volunteer to fly it. Shot down twice.



    i mean, its not like im exactly unfamiliar with that particular fate lol.



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