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Black Tuesday, October 23, 1951
« on: March 08, 2020, 04:02:50 AM »

The missions in this pack had performance problems, but that was before Edc1 got them into BAT, the JTW module:

This is NOT a campign, this is a Mission Pack, portraying the events over North Korea on a single day, October 23 1951, when US B-29 Superfortresses attacked an airfield under construction at Namsi. The mission pack contains five different single missions, showing the events of that day from five different perspectives, and five different roles:

*As a US B-29 bomber pilot (and crew), bombing Namsi
*As a US F-86 Sabre pilot, flying a fighter sweep
*As a US F-84 Thunderjet pilot, flying close escort
*As a US F-80 pilot, flying a low level recce mission, and...
*As a North Korean (i.e. Soviet) MiG-15 pilot, intercepting.

You can download it here: http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=847

In late September 1951, when the Korean War was in its second year, US photo reconnaissance aircraft discovered that the North Koreans had started to build several new jet capable airfields in the Saamcham area. This was a strategic move that would enable their MiG-15 jets to reach even further towards the front, and would make UN interdiction missions up North even more dangerous. The US Airforce decided to destroy these airfields before they became operational. After attempts to knock them out by nighttime raids by B-29 bombers had largely failed, the US commanders decided to try and hit them during daytime, when visibility and hence accuracy was better. But as they already knew that the vulnerability of the Superfortresses the bombers would be heavily defended, both by F-84 Thunderjets flying close escort, and by F-86 Sabres doing fighter sweeps and screening the incoming raid.

But the mood was optimistic, as the dreaded MiG-15’s hadn’t intercepted earlier missions. Before dawn on the morning of Tuesday October 23 1951, nine B-29 Superfortresses of the 307th Bombardment Wing took off from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. Their target was the airfield at Namsi. Five and a half hours later they would be engaged in an air battle that was the biggest aerial engagement of the war (and possibly the biggest single jet air battle in history), one that would change the conduct of strategic aerial bombardment forever.

The raid turned into a debacle. The MiG-15’s turned up in force, tactically outmaneuvering both the F-86 fighter screen and the F-84’s flying close escort. Six of the nine B-29’s would not return, the highest percentage of United States bombers ever lost on a major mission. The day was soon known as ”Black Tuesday” in the US Airforce.

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Re: Black Tuesday, October 23, 1951
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2020, 04:10:41 AM »

Many thanks Poltava and Edc1!!!! 8)


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Re: Black Tuesday, October 23, 1951
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2020, 05:41:58 PM »

Thank you very much Poltava and Edc1 for these! I like how you decided to represent the events of one day with the eyes of everyone involved.
Great job!  :)
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