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The Marauder Strikes!


The B-26 has arrived in the European Theater of Operations. It has now joined the B-17, B-24 and the Lancaster over the skies of war torn Europe...


Martin B-26 Marauder: The Wingless Wonder was the name of a variant of Avalon Hill's B-17: Queen of the Skies solitaire boardgame. A draft of B-26 was available for play testing which used the B-17: Queen of the Skies rules and B-17 was needed to play. Everything has changed since then, and B-26: The Marauder Strikes! has completly new mechanics and is a stand alone game. It is a solitaire game set on board a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War Two in the European Theater of Opearations from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is a big game in that there are many target lists, rules, mission maps and details which are not found in B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan. For example, the Damage Tables are more detailed than the earlier games and the combat system is similar, but completely new. The Target Lists include a large selection of targets attacked by B-26s from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945 and are placed on 13 maps (movement boards) which are different depending on where your base is located, from England to the Netherlands. Different models of the B-26 is also included from the early B-26 in 1941 until the B-26G which entered combat in October 1944. The earlier models are not used in the European Theater of Operations (the ETO) in which B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is set, but will be used in 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia, an add-on variant set in the Pacific in the war against Japan in New Guinea.

The rules in this Flight Manual try to reflect the twin engined B-26 Marauder and situations and events which the crews saw on their missions and historical accuracy has been an important guideline during the development of this game.

Players familiar with B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan recognize the mechanics used in B-26. One or more 6-sided dice are rolled on tables to plan the mission, to determine if enemy fighters appear, to hit with machine gun fire and to determine damage and wounds and much more. B-26 is as easy to play as B-17 with its basic system which is similar to the mechanics in B-17: Queen of the Skies. Players who have flown missions in B-17 may find that B-26 is similar, but more detailed and there are ideas included in B-26 which can be found in the B-17: Queen of the Skies community. If you add the advanced and optional guidelines you will find B-26 to become deep, detailed and complex, but still does not stray far from the simple mechanics of the basic system. You will also find yourself in situations where you have to make a decision.

The Core Game Flight Manual will be used to play the A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader and B-25 Mitchell add-ons.

You can begin your campaign flying missions from bases in England or jump in later in the war when the B-26 groups had moved to the continent and you will find Mission Maps with your station either in England, France, Belgium or the Netherlands depending on when you fly your missions. Put together a crew, name your B-26 and fly missions over France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria and Chechoslovakia!

He-111 The Spade – Ju 87 Files

He-111: The Spade Posted on 2019-03-23 13:08:43

THE JU 87 HAS NOT BEEN PLAY-TESTED. You need B-17:QOTS & He-111 to play.

Damage tables may or may not be done completely yet. No other instructions done yet.

Any news on the He-111: The Spade?

He-111: The Spade Posted on 2018-08-12 10:40:42

No… no news, sorry about that. It has been standing still for many years now. Those of you who have been following the He-111 know that it has been play-tested and that it works, but what I must finish before it is complete is to create maps, target lists and gazetteers the for four phases of the Battle of Britain. Once you have those, you can play a He-111 campaign. Included in the downloadable files are the play-test maps, which more or less cover phase one of the Battle of Britain ([i]Kanalkampf[/i]). I would like to make changes in the rules and tables, but it works as it is. You need the B-17: QOTS rules to play. I am thinking about also making it compatible with [i]B-26: The Marauder Strikes![/i] But that is a project for the future. My idea was to create a Polish campaign, the Phony war and continue over the Battle of Britain and into 1943 when it was beginning to be phased out as a bomber. And after that you could fly the Ju 88.. So much to do! Due to personal reasons I had to put He-111 on the shelf many years ago and I haven’t played it for as many years, and I never got back to work on it. I have to focus on [i]B-26[/i] and it’s expansion now, but when – whenever that will be – those are finished, I will pick up work on He-111 again. Hopefully sooner though.

Halifax and Friday the 13th

He-111: The Spade Posted on 2015-11-09 07:17:58

Friday Map
Friday Info

Friday Mission List & GAZ

Friday Mission Notes


Combat 1
Combat 2
Crew 1 Hal. I.1
Crew 2 Hal. I.3
Crew 3 Hal. IICrew 4 Hal. III

He-111 The Spade – Ju 88 Files

He-111: The Spade Posted on 2015-10-24 12:06:30

THE JU 88 HAS NOT BEEN PLAY-TESTED. You need B-17:QOTS & He-111 to play.

Ju 88:







He-111 The Spade – FILES

He-111: The Spade Posted on 2015-10-22 20:38:07

You need B-17:QOTS to play.

It works, BUT it is NOT FINISHED. Target Lists and Gazetteers must be completed and I may make changes in the rules. You need B-17: Queen of the Skies to play He-111: The Spade. Below you can find the play-test target list and gazetteer.

I am pretty sure that the files below are the latest, but as I have not worked on The Spade for many years I don’t know. It has been play-tested and it works, but it will still need some tweaking.

The Spade – Rules:











Fighters: Download zip.

Handley Page Hampden (not sure if this variant is playable):

Rick Morey has created a very nice campaign for the Hampden.

Coming soon:
Ju 87