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01 May 2022 - Damascus Dawn Week 16

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 1:59 pm
by Trim
VFA-41 was tasked with supporting ground troops by performing CAS and BAI at the front lines.

VFA-41 launch two flights, each covering half of the front line. Predator drones were on station to provide JTAC and lase targets.

A 12,000 foot ceiling prevented high level ingress which meant strike aircraft were susceptible to attack from manpads and AAA. To lessen this threat each attack run included one pilot that would hang back and watch for any AAA fire or smoke trails from manpads and be able to alert the attacking aircraft.

Each flight began locating targets marked by JTAC, designating the target, and moving in to attack it with either GBU-12s or MAV-Es. Although several targets where eliminated, the threat from manpads seems to be worse than anticipated, primarily due to the Syrians possibly acquiring shoulder fired SAMs that produced no smoke trail. Several VFA-41 aircraft were hit my something that had not been observed by either the attacking pilot or the observing pilot. One aircraft was destroyed on impact and the pilot was able to eject. Another aircraft, after being hit twice, managed to land behind enemy lines after losing both engines. A third aircraft was hit but managed to fly to the friendly Hatay airport. After three aircraft had been hit, the order was given to terminate the mission and remaining aircraft returned to the USS Washington.

Dealer 1:
Trim - Ground targets hit; Trapped
Chaos - Shot down by SAM; Ejected
Mad Dog - Disconnected
Icerberg - Hit my SAM; Diverted to Hatay

Dealer 2:
Ticman - Ground targets hit, hit my SAM, landed behind enemy lines.
Rhino - Ground targets hit; Trapped
Hedgehog - Ground targets hit; Trapped

Re: 01 May 2022 - Damascus Dawn Week 16

Posted: Fri May 06, 2022 10:18 am
by Hedgehog
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Re: 01 May 2022 - Damascus Dawn Week 16

Posted: Fri May 06, 2022 10:22 am
by Hedgehog
Pilot records and Greenie Board updated.