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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Rolling Thunder Mission #2

 Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2022 is going well for all of you!

Here is some photos from the second mission of the Rolling Thunder game I am playing. I am using the Thud Ridge Rules and all the aircraft are from Tumbling Dice Miniatures. They are very good miniatures.

For this mission we are going back to the same target at mission number 1. The mission did not succeeded in taking down the bridge and now we also know there are two AAA sites near the bridge. We will have the same strike package as before with two F-100's armed with rockets to attack one of the AAA sites and the F-105's doing the heavy lifting and striking the bridge.We also have two F-100's flying in an anti-aircraft roll, armed with Air to Air Missiles.

On the way to the target a surprise guest showed up, a flight of 3 MiG-17's.

The lead F-100's go into attack formation to take out the AAA site, The AAA gunners are good and they are able to shoot down one of the two attacking F-100's. The Second F-100 is successful and is able to knock out the AAA site, this will allow an easier approach to the target by the F-105's.

The F-105's get into there attack formation ready to take out the bridge. They are hoping for a clean entry and exit from the target area.

While the F-105's are lining up for the attack on the bridge. the F-100's flying cover on the flight engage the MiG-17's in a head on gun attack. One of the MiG-17's is shot down and the F-100's are not hit. The surviving MiG's are going to break off the dog fight and try to shoot down some of the F-105's

The lead F-105 is shot down by small arms fire, the flight is coming in low this time to increase the chance of hitting the target, but it also means they are vulnerable to small arms fire. The second F-105 scores a hit on the bridge but it is still not enough to drop the bridge. The third F-105 misses the target but number 4 is able to hit the bridge and do enough damage to drop the bridge. Mission Accomplished. Now they need to get back to base.

The F-105's take a left turn after coming off the target but this puts them into the path of the MiG-17's. The MiG's try to shoot down one of the F-105's but there gun fire is not effective in hitting any of the F-105's. The F-100's that were trying to catch the MiG's finally catch up and a short dog fight results in one of the F-100's damaging one of the MiG's. 

The F-105's continue there turn and head back to base. The MiG's decide to break off and head back to base as well. Having lost one MiG and another with damage, the flight lead decides it is time to head for home. The F-100's take up a position behind the F-105's as they make for the border.

The mission was a success for the Americans as the bridge was taken out. The Americans lost one F-100 to the AAA site and they also lost one F-105 to small arms fire over the target. The North Vietnamese lost one MiG-17 and also had one MiG damaged. They also lost the bridge and one AAA site. 

All in all it was a good mission. Next up is the rescue mission to retrieve the down pilots. I need to paint up some minis for that mission but I am happy that the rules cover the SAR (Search And Rescue) operations. 

Keep safe!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Rolling Thunder Mission 1

 Hi all,

I have been busy painting a number of different things lately and I finally got around to finishing the markings on my U.S. Air Force jets to be able to start playing "Thud Ridge" By Wings at War. I have played a few test games to get a feel for the game over a year ago, so I was a bit rusty.


Here is the pre-strike Image of the target.
Here is what is actually waiting for the aircraft. To the left is a 6 position light AAA battery and to the right of the bridge is a heavy AAA battery. I have added these to the base game to allow for hidden sites and for them to attache aircraft and also be bombed.
Two F-100's flying a Combat Air Patrol (CAP) to protect the strike package. They are flying a high cover.
Here is an image of the two F-100's flying recon and the main force of 4 F-105's with bombs.
The strike group is making its way to the target.
The CAP joins the main group as they approach the target area. No Mig's yet.
A good shot of the full team going to deliver a package to North Vietnam.

As the Recon flight approaches the target area they have a chance to detect the light AAA.
The F-100's must have been distracted because the did not detect the light AAA, the NVA's camouflage must be working well today.
The F-105's are focused on the bridge and they are preparing for there attack run.

The F-105's take up a new formation to bomb the target.
The NVA open fire on the flight of F-105's as they approach the target. Now everyone knows they are there.
The gunners celebrate the shooting down of one of the 4 F-105's. The pilot does not eject and is KIA.
The F-105's start to drop there bombs on the bridge.
The F-100's that are on Reconnaissance spot the heavy AAA site but they are not in a position to attack the target. They send out a radio call to all aircraft as a warning to turn hard after bombing the bridge.
The first F-105 scores one hit on the bridge and turns hard and turns on his after burn to get away from the target area and to get back home.
The Second F-105 misses the bridge and makes his turn off the target without any issues.
The last F-105 makes his attack run and scores one hit on the bridge but the bridge is still standing.
The last F-105 mus not have heard the call to break hard over the target and gets fired at by the heavy AAA site, luckily for him they miss the F-105 as it turns on it's after burn to get out of dodge.
Here is the flight exiting the strike area. They should get back into a tighter formation so they can link up with the tankers and get some gas for there flight back to Thailand.
A close up of the lead F-105 post strike, he is trying to get everyone to form up on him.
The formation after forming back up on the lead F-105.

 A RF-101C took this image post strike. and it shows minor damage to the bridge as well as the now known locations of the light and heavy AAA site. Looks Like there will be another mission to take down this bridge.

I hope you enjoyed this mission. I will post the follow up mission and we will see if the USAF can knock out the bridge.