The 56th FG "Zemke's Wolfpack" participates in many of Aces Highs Special Events.
FSO (Friday Squad Ops), Scenarios, as well as some Snapshot events. Here we will try
to keep current with whats going on in these events. If your looking to join in, look up
LilMak in the Melee Arena and give him a shout. Check in here to see what the guys
are up to these days!

 
FSO (Friday Squad Ops)  
 

December.."West to Warsaw: December 1944"..........

Operation Bagration was the codename for the Soviet 1944 Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation that occurred
between June 22 and August 19th 1944. In Apr 1944, Soviet leaders created a plan to attack the 'German Group Center'.
In order to prevent the Germans from detecting the build up of forces before the action, a deceptive operation was planned
to throw off the Germans. On 17 Apr the first deceptive tactic was employed to prepare for Bagration, which was to switch
the entire Soviet front to a defensive mode by ceasing major offensives and to construct defensive structures. Later, when
the Soviet forces in the area could mean nothing but an assault, Soviet forces started to spread false intelligence that the offensive was to be made against Army Group South in Ukraine, reinforcing something that the German originally expected.........more

 

Squad Statistics for November FSO "Disaster in the Dutch East Indies"
Squad Name Pilots Sorties Landed Deaths Captured Disco'd Crashed Ditched Bailed Kills Assists Objects
Destroyed
 56th Fighter Group  6  14  4  7  1  0  0  1  1  12  12  0

 

"West to Warsaw: December 1944" Frame Two.........

AAR

56th departed field A58 as part of the defsive cap of the field. We were charged with patrolling west of the field. We fielded seven 190A5s with a full internal fuel load and a 250kg bomb. Bombs were jettisoned on takeoff. After a couple circuits in 
the patrol area, the enemy was reported approaching from the south.

We moved to intercept the attack. Contact revealed an extremely large force consisting of multiple TU-2 bombers and a 
mixed group of fighter aircraft. I estimate there were 40 enemy aircraft at 18-20k. Our group engaged in a slashing front 
quarter attack concentrating on the enemy bombers. The enemy fighters were on us as we mad our pass. My wingman and
I were separated from the rest of the 56th almost immediately. I did manage to pull my element away from the swarm of Russian fighters. Once clear, I led my wingman in a sweep around to the East of the target area believing the enemy would egress in that direction and we would be in a good position to make another attack.

After swinging back to the north, my wingman and I reacquired the enemy near A58 and engaged several fighters. I fired at 
an LA-5 who exploded under my cannon fire. My wingman did extremely well keeping my six covered but, once again, the heat of combat found us separated. I found an LA-5 at medium to low altitude trying to escape. I engaged the aircraft who continued to egress to the southeast. He was shortly joined by a second LA-5 and I continued to use my speed advantage to harass them with hopes that I could get isolate one or slow the pair enough that help could arrive to destroy them. 
Eventually remaining elements of the 56th caught up as well as other friendly aircraft. The LA-5 were destroyed. The four remaining aircraft of the 56th returned to A58 to rearm.

After rearming, our group proceeded north to attack airfield A121 with ordinance. Enemy contact was avoided and our 
group was able to destroy several objects unmolested. After releasing ordnance, we returned to base with no further enemy encounters.

56th Fighter Group 
goat1
22:05:41 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:42:04 Was shot down by .
KB
22:06:39 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:39:58 Helps MARK4 shoot down AKBmzawy.
22:45:18 Helps SKColt shoot down AKQwik.
22:58:32 Helps PopeDope shoot down bgoldy.
23:07:24 Takes on fuel/ammo/ord at field #58.
23:28:33 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:33 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:33 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:33 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:47:08 Arrived Safely at Field #58
LilMak
22:09:51 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:45:31 Shot down a La-5FN flown by DamPhyNo.
22:49:47 Helps awyoda shoot down Rotax.
22:58:12 Helps Sawzaw shoot down Clu.
23:07:08 Takes on fuel/ammo/ord at field #58.
23:28:09 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:09 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:09 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:46:19 Arrived Safely at Field #58
MARK4
22:06:34 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:39:36 Shot down a Tu-2S flown by AKBmzawy.
22:39:58 Shot down a Tu-2S flown by AKBmzawy.
22:43:18 Shot down a La-5FN flown by DutchVII.
23:07:41 Takes on fuel/ammo/ord at field #58.
23:28:36 Destroyed a field gun at base #121
23:47:12 Arrived Safely at Field #58
Odee
22:05:29 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:40:35 Was shot down by TKO.
pollock
22:06:07 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
23:06:57 Takes on fuel/ammo/ord at field #58.
23:28:12 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:12 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:28:12 Destroyed a town building at base #121
23:47:03 Arrived Safely at Field #58
Vlkyrie1
22:06:55 Departed from Field #58 in a Fw 190A-5
22:40:00 Shot down a Tu-2S flown by AKMeatHd.
22:41:46 Bravely Bailed from damaged plane.
56th Fighter Group stats:
Pilots: 7 Kills: 5 Assists: 5
Obj Destroyed: 11 Deaths: 2 Landed: 4
Bailed: 1 Captured: 0 Crashed: 0
Ditched: 0 Disco'd: 0

 

"West to Warsaw: December 1944" Frame One.........

Orders for the day were to help a strike package attack field 155. We departed field A58 with a compliment of 6 109K4s
 and a full load of fuel to get us through the mission. We climbed in a northeastern direction to 20k.

As we flew over a friendly vehicle base, it started to alert. Asked command if we should engage if we encounter the enemy. Was given discretion to do so. We encountered two bogies approaching from our 9 o’clock. We turned into them to
investigate. Bogies were identified as friendly. Turned back towards target. Almost immediately we encountered two more bogies from the east at 11-12 o’clock which turned out to be a pair of Yak9s. I called for the 56th to let the scouts go as the two friendlies we encountered engaged the enemy.

We then swung North towards the target area staying west of enemy radar. As we cruised North, we saw a large group of enemy aircraft (10-15) off of our 3 o’clock headed in a southern direction. Either they did not see our group or didn’t
pursue. Reaching a point approximately 18 miles northwest of the target airfield, I turned our group due east and called to
drop tanks as we crossed into the enemy alert area. The enemy group was spotted approaching from the direction of the
 target.

Initial contact was with around 15 LA-5s which we flew straight in to. Given the numbers and our aircraft performance advantage at this altitude I called for our group to blow through the enemy. It was my goal at this point to avoid a turning engagement and draw the enemy east away from the direction of our attack group. We were getting pretty strung out at this point but holding cohesion. As we crossed over the enemy target with the gaggle of La-5s in tow, a smaller group of LA-7s
 (4 or 5) appeared north of us on our 9 o’clock. With six of us against an estimated 20+ enemy aircraft, I felt we were now simply a harassment force. Still I attempted to draw the enemy away from the target to the east.

As we swung east of target 155 yet another group of enemy fighters was encountered (Yak-9) there were 5-7 Of them. So,
 at this point, it was my belief that the 6 of us were facing close to 30 enemy aircraft and I was not sure of the location or
 status of any other friendly groups. None of the enemy aircraft followed us to the east of target. The broke off their pursuit and stayed over the airfield. So I swung the 56th back around to engage the enemy hoping to keep them occupied so the
 strike group could get ordnance on target.

A scrum ensued generally over the enemy airfield at high altitude. We were heavily outnumbered but other friends had
arrived with our strike package. Unit continuity was lost as the fight developed. I was able to fire on an LA-7 which disintegrated when a cannon round connected. Working with my wing man, we had the enemy tied up pretty well but he
 took a hit and was damaged. I continued to fight with several LA-5s & 7s. At one point I noticed an LA-5 on my long six
 and attempted to rope him into a stall while a friendly aircraft closed on him. I misjudged his energy state, however, and
my 109 was severely damaged. Leaking oil and missing a section of my left wing, I attempted to nurse my plane back to friendly territory. The engine ceased before I could set her down and I was forced to bail out.

Overall I feel we did well as a group. We did not panic when we started the main engagement head long into an enemy
force that doubled our numbers. Given I believe the enemy eventually outnumbered us 5:1 and we were flying unfamiliar airplanes, I’d say we did better than expected.


56th Fighter Group 
goat1
22:05:59 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
23:31:26 Arrived Safely at Field #58
Hub
22:05:55 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
22:59:56 Helps NoTaR shoot down Slider.
23:02:08 Helps Noser shoot down Bones127.
23:42:12 Arrived Safely at Field #57
LilMak
22:05:59 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
22:37:26 Shot down a La-7 flown by xJESTERx.
22:50:39 Bravely Bailed from damaged plane.
MARK4
22:06:04 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
22:57:53 Helps 38maw shoot down War.
22:58:15 Helps NoTaR shoot down weiser.
23:42:16 Arrived Safely at Field #57
Odee
22:06:02 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
22:42:31 Was shot down by bgoldy (crashed).
pollock
22:06:01 Departed from Field #58 in a Bf 109K-4
22:49:04 Was shot down by Bones127 (crashed).
56th Fighter Group stats:
Pilots: 6 Kills: 1 Assists: 4
Obj Destroyed: 0 Deaths: 2 Landed: 3
Bailed: 1 Captured: 0 Crashed: 0
Ditched: 0 Disco'd: 0