WW2 Air Combat Over Europe
From the English Channel to Germany
Most of our group at one time or another has been involved with air combat gaming. From the early days in the 70s playing Richtofen's War or Blue Max to Mustangs today, air combat has always been one of our most popular periods to game. Many of us started out with boardgames, moved to 1/72nd scale aircraft, then finally to 1/300th miniatures for our games. Along the way we've found what works, what we don't like to play, and how to run large group games with a lot of aircraft on the table. At this time we have enough aircraft to do German raids in 1940 either over the English Channel or England itself, bomber raids deep into Germany in 1945, fighter sweeps, and are working on other theaters for the future. A favorite game is where we run a "Gimmicks of the Luftwaffe" scenario where a stream of B-17s escorted by P-51s and P-38s gets bounced by the Germans flying every kind of experiemental design they ever made. This generates a lot of excitement and fun for the group as you get to see what these unusual aircraft might have done if the war went on past spring of 1945. Despite this being one of our most popular periods we usually only play it around twice a year. As we move into other theaters such as the Pacific or East Fornt, hopefully this will change!