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B-29 Superfortress Expansion - Hell Over Korea

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B-29 Superfortress Expansion - Hell Over Korea
Category: War Games
Author: Steve Dixon, Shawn Rife
Publish Year: 2012
Dimensions: 8.75x11.8x1.5"
Restockable: Yes
NKG part #: 2148764418
Mfg. part #: LWG1102
Type: Boxed Game
Age Range: 14 Years and Up
# Players: 1 - 1 Players
Game Length: 90 Minutes

B-29 Superfortress Expansion - Hell Over Korea
B-29 Superfortress Expansion - Hell Over Korea

Description

An Expansion Module for B-29 SUPERFORTRESS (released by Khyber Pass Games), covering B-29 missions in the Korean War from November 1950 through April 1951, covering a standard six-month bomber crew tour of duty in Korea. NOTE THAT YOU MUST OWN A COPY OF B-29 SUPERFORTRESS TO PLAY HELL OVER KOREA.

Five years after the B-29 SUPERFORTRESS (in 1945, the world's most advanced combat aircraft) played an instrumental role in the final defeat of the Japanese Empire, those same airplanes (and many of the same crewmembers) were called back to duty to fight aggression again, this time on the Korean peninsula when North attacked South in 1950.

A lot had changed in five years. The B-29 was no longer classified by the Air Force as a "very heavy" bomber- it's label was now "medium" (The "heavy" designation was now reserved for the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft ever made; the B-36 did not see action in Korea). The Superfortress was also no longer held in high esteem as a technological marvel-in fact, many American airmen regarded the airplane as clearly obsolete, and this would lead to some morale problems among the bomber crews during the Korean War.

And although "Twentieth Air Force" still existed, it, too, was largely superseded. Control of the B-29s was split between the highly disciplined Strategic Air Command (under the aegis of Curtis LeMay) and the more "seat-of-the-pants" Far East Air Forces (FEAF). The FEAF Bomber Command (Provisional) was organized to bridge the difference. Planes of the 19th Bomb Group (and, briefly, the 22nd Bomb Group) flew out of Kadena, Japan. The 98th (and briefly the 92nd) Bomb Group flew from Yokota, Japan. (Yokota will be the wartime home of your B-29 in this Variant.)

The time period covered in the expansion module was chosen because it was the most dynamic period of the war for the B-29. Early missions (i.e., before November 1950) for the bomber met with little enemy opposition, with (relatively ineffective) raids against tactical targets. North Korea's few strategic targets and industries were also quickly disposed of. In November 1950, however, the Chinese Communists were in the war, and the B-29 began facing its first serious opposition with the introduction of large numbers of Soviet MiG-15 jet fighters. It was now a real contest. However, the MiG-15 had been specifically designed to shoot down B-29s and the aging Superfortresses were outmatched by the jet, even with fighter escorts. Aircraft losses would soon restrict most B-29 missions to night-only attacks, largely in a supply-interdiction role.

Contents:

  • 17" x 22" Fighter/Damage Placement Map
  • Rule Book - 8 pages
  • Chart Book - 40 pages
  • 16 - .6" Die Cut Game Markers
  • 40 - 1.2" Die Cut Fighter Counters
  • 2 - Cardstock Player Aid Charts