The Mighty Eighth U.S. Army Air Force will again take to the skies over German-occupied Europe for three more historical-based missions, to battle the Luftwaffe and attack key wartime industries in late 1943/early 1944. And if last year was any indication, the Germans are in for a tough time because the raids continue to draw large forces. We attract many fans for this event, and we look forward to breaking in the new venue at Seven Springs with another great B-17 turnout. The B-17 Command Staff hope to see you there! This will be our TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR of B-17 competition. Come out for our silver anniversary and keep the fun and tradition going strong!
The B-17 event (on WBC Thursday at 0900) follows the chronological war diary of the USAAF Mighty Eighth Air Force. After 24 years of tournament play, we are now conducting historically-based missions from late 1943 after the disastrous second attack on Schweinfurt. The tournament flies three missions, and all players are encouraged to play all three along with their fellow squadron members. The After Action meeting on Friday night at 2200 hours involves presentation of medals, acknowledging some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the day before. We also feature an optional prize table, in which participants donate a B-17/WW2-related item (book, video, wargame, models, etc.) to the prize table. At the After Action meeting, the prize table is picked in order from last place to first, ensuring that everyone goes away with some memento from the tournament. But mostly, as our recent rising attendance figures indicate, the main thing that we take home is memories and a desire to return next year. We encourage new players to find a copy of the game online, but show up regardless and we will see if we can cover you from our stock of B-17 reserves.
Additional_Prizes: We present medals for heroic achievements, as well as for disastrous results. During the After Action meeting on Friday night, we run an optional prize table whereby each player donates a B17/WW2-related item (book, video, wargame, models, etc.) to the prize table, and each participant gets to draw a prize based on their order of finish (worst to first).