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Updated 11/22/2009

2009 WBC Report    

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Rich Moyer, MN

2009 Champion

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Event History
1992    Frank Alexander      32
1993    Kevin Combs      35
1994    Kevin Combs      32
1995    Paul Risner      31
1996    Robert Hamel      32
1997    Paul Risner      34
1998    Paul Weintraub      32
1999    William Burch     32
2000    John Conlon     29
2001    Jim LeVay     32
2002    Paul Risner     32
2003    William Rohrbeck     34
2004    Stephen Quirke     37
2005    Keith Hunsinger     36
2006    Paul Risner     39
2007    Dave Long     42
2008     Dan Dolan Sr     46
2009    Rich Moyer     47
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Paul Risner        FL    09    211
  2.  Richard Moyer      MN    09    156
  3.  William Rohrbeck   NH    06    106
  4.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    05    100
  5.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    08     60
  6.  Dave Long          NC    07     60
  7.  Stephen Quirke     WI    04     56
  8.  Eric Stranger      OH    08     52
  9.  Judy Krauss        PA    02     42
 10.  Jim LeVay          MA    01     40
 11.  John Conlon        OK    00     40
 12.  William Burch      MD    00     34
 13.  Kevin Coombs       GA    07     28
 14.  Tim Evinger        PA    04     25
 15.  Ruth Evinger       PA    09     24
 16.  Mike Windle        DE    09     24
 17.  Ken Richards       SC    08     24
 18.  Don Del Grande     CA    01     24
 19.  John Ellmann Sr    MD    00     24
 20.  Paul Weintraub     MD    09     22
 21.  David Gantt        SC    03     20
 22.  Jim Miller         TN    08     18
 23.  Bill Beckman       SC    06     18
 24.  Bill LeVay         MA    01     16
 25.  John Poniske       PA    00     16
 26.  Anthony Musella    VA    05     15
 27.  Roger Knowles      OH    04     15
 28.  Bruce Peckham      NY    07     12
 29.  Scott Pfeiffer     SC    06     12
 30.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    02     12
 31.  Rob Navolis        OH    01     12
 32.  Steve Sheldon      NY    00     12
 33.  Chris LeFevre      AZ    04     10
 34.  Michael Metcalf    NC    99      9
 35.  John Emery         SC    02      8
 36.  Joshua Dunn        VA    02      8
 37.  Michael Haley      NY    00      8
 38.  Steve Munchak      VA    08      6
 39.  Phil White         MD    09      6
 40.  Marty Musella      VA    06      6
 41.  Evan Hitchings     DE    04      5
 42.  John Poniske Jr    PA    05      5
 43.  Henry Richardson   VA    03      3

2009 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists 

Paul Risner, FL
2nd

Ruth Evinger, PA
3rd

Mike Windle, DE
4th

Paul Weintraub, MD
5th

Phil White, MD
6th


Past Winners

Kevin Coombs, GA
'93-'94

Paul Risner, TN
1995, 1997, 2002, 2006

Robert Hamel, CT
1996

Paul Weintraub, MD
1998

William Burch, MD
1999

John Conlon, OK
2000

Jimmy Levay, MA
2001

William Rohrbeck, NH
2003

Stephen Quirke, WI
2004

Keith Hunsinger, OH
2005

Dave Long, NC
2007

Dan Dolan Sr, NJ
2008

Richard Moyer, MN
2009
   

The skies were full as WBC sent out the largest squadron ever in the 18-years of this event. It was the fifth straight year of rising attendance for the long-out-of-print game.

Past champs Paul Weintraub and Bill Burch head a wing (row) of B17's. Paul consructed 42 of those white replica dice towers seen in the center of the row for this event.

 

 Another wing takes to the skies in one of three 4-hour raids ... not just a quick undertaking for the faint of heart ... an event with plenty of wristage requiring stamina.
 The replica control tower dice tower was built by Paul Weintraub along with smaller versions for all players. No one beats B-17 for esprit de corps!

Squadron Grows Again!

The 18th Annual B-17 Tournament Wrap Up:

If you have never experienced the WBC B-17 tournament, consider joining us next year! We've now gone through 18 years and 53 B-17 missions, and counting. And in recent years, we've had an influx of rookies join us - sometimes nearly 25% of the squadron is joining us for the first time. So if you are new to the game, please try to find a copy of it on EBay and join us in 2010. Alas, it is a solitaire game and out of print so you'll need to provide your own plane. The many long time veterans would be more than happy to shoot you down and also explain that there is plenty of strategy to this game besides rolling dice. 

Each year, we fly three historical missions. Scenario charts are handed out to each flier at the start of each mission to brief them on the game setup, target, air cover, and weather, complete with a detailed historical synopsis to let everyone know what really happened on these missions in WWII. 

Back in 2008, we flew our 48th, 49th and 50th missions, which were to Schweinfurt, Regensburg and Bordeaux (which was a shuttle mission back from North Africa). I got some grief for not making Schweinfurt the 50th mission, but hey, no one picked up on the connection of Bordeaux wines to celebrate our 50th mission. Plus, I enjoy bombing France. Don't ask me why, I just do.

This year, our 2009 WBC B-17 missions went to Stuttgart, La Pallice and Emden, all of which occurred in September 1943. But more than the history, the puzzling thing is why do so many tournament participants keep coming back to get shot down year after year? For the most part, it is because they are having fun doing so. And even as they are getting shot to bits, they are still having fun. Maybe not as much fun, but still, you'd be surprised at how well people take getting shot down. Plus, since we play in pairs, you get to roll the German dice and attempt to shoot down your wingman, and watch the other members of your six-plane squadron struggle to the target and back. For some, perhaps there is something sadistic about all of this. But no one is admitting to it.

Each year, Assistant GM Mike Lam has contributed a bunch of medals for various noble acts of courage and disastrous luck. Here is Mike's summary of medals awarded during the 2009 tournament: 

Medal Of Honor (5):

Mission 1 by Melissa Oglin - Tail gunner died landing with three Serious Wound (SW) crew

Mission 1 by Mike Backstrom - Engineer died landing with SW pilot

Mission 1 by Scott Driessen - Engineer died landing with SW pilot

Mission 2 by Scott Driessen - Navigator died landing with three SW crew

Mission 2 by Phillip Livingston - Engineer died landing with two SW crew (the pilot & co-pilot)

SILVER STAR (1):

Mission 1 by Mike Windle (pilot & co-pilot suffered frostbite (FB) to remain in formation)

Distinguished Flying Cross (4):

Mission 2: For ditching B-17 in Bay of Biscay (Mike Lam, Kaarin Englemann & Ken Richards)

Mission 2: Stephen Sheddon for flying alone back to base after bomb run, (he also might have had to spend two turns per odd zones with no navigator), and crashed the plane but saved the crew.

Air Medal (5):

Mission 2: Evan Hitchings for 75% bomb run

Mission 3: Kevin McCarthy for 95% bomb run

Mission 3: Ken Richards for 96% bomb run

Mission 3: Joe Burch for his Engineer shooting down five E/A during the mission

Mission 3: Bill Beckman for his Tail Gunner shooting down five E/A during the mission

Bronze Star (1):

Evan Hitchings for having the most Evaders (4) during the course of the 3 missions

Gunner's Wings (1):

Bill Beckman for his Tail Gunner shooting down nine E/A during three missions

Command Pilot Wings (2):

Mike Windle for having zero crew lost (no SWs or FB not recovered) during three missions

Rich Moyer for having zero crew lost (no SWs or FB not recovered) during three missions

PURPLE HEARTS (12):

Mission 1 (all from Exploding Bombs): Keith Hunsinger, Chris Storzillo, Bill Beckman, Gary Libby & Carl Sykes

Mission 2: Keith Hunsinger (fuel tank fire and in zone 2 coming home!) and Melissa Oglin (exploding bombs)

Mission 3: Mike Masella, Peter Pollard & Nathan Trent (exploding bombs), Bruce Peckham (runaway engine during return to base while over N. Sea and his ditching failed), Tom Holliday (fuel tank fire while returning to base).

POW Medal (1): Evan Hitchings for having the most POWS (16) during the course of three missions

GOOD CONDUCT For Five Year Service (3): Rich Moyer, Tim Evinger and Chris Storzillo

ETO campaign medal for first year participation in 2008 (4): Gary Libby, Marshall Collins, Thomas Holliday and Phillip Livingston

Special congratulations to Rich Moyer for winning his first B-17 tournament this year. He came in second in 2008, so he moved up, but for 2010, his win means only one thing - he can't get any higher and it could be a long way down.  Just ask Paul Risner about that. Great job Rich for an outstanding three missions in 2009!

Friday's After Action Meeting at 2200 hours continued to be a big success as we reopened the Officer's Club (with Paul Risner and Mark Yoshikawa providing refreshments), and we turned the Toby Jug back toward the wall indicating that the missions for the year were over. Mike Lam handed out medals, we conducted the 5th Annual Prize Table, and we wrapped up with a showing of another episode from the TV series Twelve O'Clock High. Somewhere in the course of the After Action Meeting, I am sure I told some offensive jokes and stories. Often these are purely accidental insinuations that Dave Long and Jim Miller quickly pick up on.

Overall, it was another great year. I thank everyone for their involvement - including participation in the After Action Briefing and Prize Table. Veterans from past years are encouraged to return in 2010 (there are service medals for five and ten year veterans). Also, we always welcome new players as Mike gives out an ETO first year award. Please join in on the fun in 2010 and participate in the optional After Action Briefing and Prize Table too. 

Our goal, of course, is to keep having fun in 2010. We had a record of 47.5 participants this year. How do you get "half" of a participant? Well, when I was signing people in on the Event Form, Ruth Evinger told me to count her as "1.5", since she and Tim are expecting. I've had people tell me they were pregnant before, but this has to be one of the most unique ways of hearing that great news. Only among B-17 players could this happen. And, fortunately for Ruth, she managed to survive all three missions this year for the first time in her B-17 career. Who could shoot down a pregnant woman, anyway? Well, her opponent tried and tried and tried.

Also, this year Kaarin Englemann joined us and vowed to return. For her first mission, we bombed her house in Stuttgart. I had no idea that she lived in Stuttgart, but this was fittingly ironic and accidental. Maybe some day Don Greenwood will take time out of his Thursday to take his chances. In general, he thinks we are nut jobs, but he does compliment us on how the B-17 tourney is increasing in attendance each year despite the game being out of print so long. Maybe Kaarin can drag him into our tourney some day, but hell hasn't frozen over yet!

Special thanks go out to Paul Weintraub for his efforts WAY BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY over the past two years to provide wooden, painted dice towers in the shape of air traffic control towers. Paul is one of my many unsung heroes who provide a lot of help each year, and next year we will have Round Two of our B-17 Dice Tower Painting Contest. Again, Paul, many thanks for a contribution WAY BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY!

I am sure I have left a lot out, but the best way to not miss anything is to join us for B-17 at WBC in 2010! Take care between now and next August. This briefing has been brought to you by:

David Terry, Gamemaster, B-17, rules, tourney format, herder of crazy B-17 players; pen and paper scoring system,

Mike Lam, Assistant Gamemaster, B-17, rules and medals,

Mark Yoshikawa, Assistant Gamemaster, B-17, rules and electronic scoring

Keith Hunsinger, Assistant Gamemaster, B-17, rules, Group Chaplain and scoring

Paul Risner, OIC of the Officer's Club

And of course thanks to all the other players who are the supporting cast of fliers that make this such a fun tournament each year. Thanks to all and see you in 2010.

This event not only holds their attention for eight hours to fly three missions, it also draws them back for a midnight debriefing to hear the results.

A voluntarily stocked prize table of appropriately themed B17 memorabilia lets everyone walk home a winner. Unsurpassed camaraderie.
 GM      Dave Terry  [18th Year]  NA 
    david.terry@jhuapl.edu   NA

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