TFH2 – The Empire Strikes Back (British Aug I 40)
Britain begins the turn by recalling BB Valiant (-5 VP) and spending 4 equipment points to activate 1/1 and 2/2 Support Groups (1-2-10). The RAF failed to repair the aborted Hurricane 1 in London, a Battle bomber was inactivated while an A-22 attack bomber and Blenheim 4 night fighter were activated (all 44 Group Allowance are in use). 3 Heavy and 3 Light points of AA were also placed. A hit was removed from aircraft factories at Bristol and Coventry, leaving 2 hits at Bristol.
The Luftwaffe declined to place any naval patrols, leaving the Royal Navy free to prowl unmolested, but without any targets they remain in port. RAF pilots took to the sky on several missions. First a naval patrol by our new A-22 and a Whit bomber were sent into Sea Zone 14 off the German coast. Kreigsmarine surface ships at Cuxhaven will have to dodge bombs should they want to join their brethren in Amsterdam. Next up, 3 bombers head to Vlissingen where one inop and two operative Me110C sit just outside Me109 patrol and intercept range. Two Spitfires and a Hurricane escort this mission. Bomber Command sends the remaining 12 bombers on a strategic night raid against shipping gathered at Amsterdam.
There was plenty of shooting at airplanes but patrol attacks by the Me110 failed, none of the five engaged fighters managed to score as much as a return in air combat and only one bomber out of 15 was returned by flak (BSSB – big sky, small bullets). The two remaining bombers at Vlissingen missed the inop Me110, but 4 hits were scored at Amsterdam, sinking 4 points of shipping and garnering 4 victory points. (Score: British -1, Germany 0)
During the ground movement phase a 0-1-5 Const X moves into Dover and the 2-8* Inf X in Dover moves to the coastal hex west of Ramsgate previously occupied by the Const X. One of the 1-2-10 SG X provides support in Dover.
RAF Strikes Aug I 40