I have found a magazine in my bookshelf that I had forgotten about which is a good B-25 source. There new intel about the B-25B that I must have a look at and then I may change B-details in the Damage Tables.
B-25 Fearless Mitchell
The B-25 expansion is done and uploaded to Dropbox.
There is no Fuel Consumption Chart yet and no combat board.
I am trying to find information here and there about B-25 bomb loads but I am only confused. Some say maximum 4000… others 5200… I find 6,468… I find 3200… I find 3000… and I also find a standard bomb load of 2000 and somewhere else it says 3000…
….and don’t forget that the B-25 could load 8 lighter bombs on wing racks too… and with some calculations I have come up with 5200 including 8x 100 lbs bombs on wing racks… but that is not the only result…
Confusion is the only result.
I have made changes on the B/C/D damage tables and J is finished. Working on completing it now.
The B-25D and J will have a bomb bay tank on missions 8 zones or longer. Also, in the B-25 expansion you will have MP-8, Bomb Load (Optional). MP-8 is a very short version of “Bomb Loads.” On longer missions your bomb load will be smaller, 4 bombs maximum.
MP-8 will also make it possible to have bombs on wing racks.
B-25C will not have a tank only 4 bombs on longer missions.
The B-25J will soon take off…
The final B-25 model was the J. It had a co-pilot and a green house nose with a bombardier. It had four package guns on the side of the fuselage a flexible .50 in the nose and one fixed .50, two fixed on later Js, the same tail green house as the H-model and also the same type of waist gun positions. The top turret was in front of the bomb bay. Later Js could carry rockets under the wings. They entered combat in April 1944 in the MTO and began to appear in the PTO during the summer and fall of that same year. There was also a strafer nose with eight .50 machine guns.
B-25J in B-26: The Marauder Strikes! In B-26: The Marauder Strikes! the B-25J will be represented by B-25J and B-25J-20. The B-25J reflects the earlier versions of the J-model and the J-20 later versions. It will have bomb wing racks and rocket capability and two fixed and one flexible nose gun. All B-25Js also have two package guns on each side of the fuselage, waist guns, tail guns with the gunner in a green house and the top turret between the cock-pit and bomb bay. The 8-gun strafer nose will be included in the Low-Level Missions expansion.
I am now working on the B-25 expansion, will focus on it after A-26 has been updated to FDD. B-25C/D are done so now B-25J is walking up to the Batter’s Box.
If anyone would like to help with B-25, please write a short history about the bomber preferably 1½ to 2 pages long, maybe longer, Garamond, font 12.
I think I will wait with G & H and include them in the Low Level Missions expansion, but am not sure. Only the front of the bomber will be different, maybe the tail gun area too so I might include them too. B-25J will be next at any rate.
After B-25 is done I am going to focus on MTO and finish it before any other expansion, though I think I will have to work on Low Level Missions at the same time as there were some low level missions in the MTO. After MTO I will focus on A-26s from Okinawa.
We need better rules to attack ships and skip bombing.
We need better bomb run rules.
Maybe also better small formation rules and bombing results.
All ideas are welcome.
Why B-25 before MTO and then Okinawa? Because when B-25J and MTO are done you will be able to follow the 319th bomb group from North Africa to Okinawa in the B-26, B-25 and A-26. They flew the B-25 for two months over Italy before transfer to the US and transition to the A-26 and Okinawa. The Okinawa expansion is done but will need to be updated to FDD and maybe have better rules to attack convoys and ships.
And I forgot… I also have another idea about the B-25 and why I want to finish it soon. It’s the 22nd BG in New Guinea. When B-25 is done and the 22nd (PTO) you will be able to fly 22nd BG missions with both the B-26 and B-25… and maybe also the B-24 after the medium bombers, but that is another story…
Plus… as a bonus, when B-25 is done, you can improvise RAF B-25 missions from England from January 1943. I will not cover RAF B-25 units and missions myself.
Oh oh and more! When you also have the A-26 to fly you could follow the 386th BG and maybe also the 391st. Just let me know if you’d like to have a mission list if you can’t find it online. Almost all targets they attacked are included today in the Core Game. Also… have a look at the 309th Bomb Group…
B-25C: Delete Lower Turret and Nose Appertures. Add .50 Flexible Nose Gun and .50 Left and Right Waist Gun and one .50 Tail Gun.
B-25C-5: Delete Lower Turret. Add .50 Left and Right Waist Gun and one .50 Tail Gun.
B-25D: Add .50 Left and Right Waist Gun and Twin .50 Tail Guns.
Replacement Bomber: From August 1943 all replacement D-Models will be Field Modified.
If your Campaign begins in March 1943 your Group has modified B-25s. Roll on Dec. 1942 for your base model C-5 or D.
If your Campaign begins before March 1943 your B-25 will be field modified if you roll higher than your current model on the correct column on the Replacement Model. Check after each mission. When your B-25 must be replaced, roll twice. First roll to check your new base model and the second roll to see if it is field modified.