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Mission briefing for VVS - The Königsberg Situation (1942-01-18 10:00:00), ACG-Campaign "Stavka Strikes Back", mission date: 2019-09-01.

MISSION #37 (1st SEP) – 18 JAN 1942 VVS BRIEFING


MESSAGE 1: Kalinin & Western Fronts to Army Aviation:

General Situation:

Kalinin Front break through west of Rzhev (1005) continues, with major advances made south
towards Vjazma (2205). Heavy fighting is happening around Sychevka and our advance units are
threatening the enemy airfield at Dugino (1705.7). The Fascists are fighting to hold these forces in
check with local counterattacks. Rzhev is now heavily fortified. In the Western Front area,
Mozhaisk airfield has been captured and our forces are fighting towards the city proper. Vereya
(1617) holds firm despite heavy attacks but friendly forces are pushing from the South to encircle
and strike towards Vjazma. Further south, friendly forces are now fighting to take Mjatlevo (2514)
as part of a concerted drive from the south east. Army Aviation assets remain on the Western
Front this morning to support our breakthroughs and weaken enemy defences.

Intentions:

Support Western Front’s operations between Mozhaisk and Mjatlevo (1916 and 2514) and ensure
the momentum of the advance is maintained through providing close air support missions and
protecting the extended lines of supply. Enemy air operations may be disrupted with airfield attacks
if capacity allows.

The Army has complained at the lack of effectiveness of some air support missions – every effort is
to be made to maximise the number of bombs and damage delivered to any allocated target.
Aircraft losses are also mounting where contact is made with the enemy so efforts should be made
to ensure aircraft get through to targets.
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MESSAGE 2: Army Aviation Orders to Assigned Air Regiments: 27 IAP, 34 IAP, 495 IAP,
126 IAP PVO, and 62 ShAP.

The main operating area is the frontline area between Mozhaisk (1916) and Mjatlevo (2514).

The priority is to provide close air support to our ground units fighting at Mjatlevo (2514.1) and
strike German defensive positions N and E of the city, and to provide the same to friendly forces
attacking Mozhaisk (1816.1). Some fighter units are to be employed in the CAS role to strike
priority targets listed below, with a minimum of two squadron sorties allocated to targets 1 + 2, and
one squadron sortie for target 3. Targets 1 and 2 require a major effort and coordination between
combined or successive attacks. Units so employed should revert to CAP tasks once they have
struck their targets or turnaround for second sorties – if this does not leave the area without fighter
cover. Any fighter units not required specifically for the ground attack tasks may provide additional
air protection to friendly troops and/or supply lines, be deployed as escorts / cover for the ground
attack missions or allocated to the optional airfield attacks.

The critical vulnerable areas for air defence are over our forces fighting towards the two major
objectives at Mozhaisk and Mjatlevo. Additionally, attacks on our FOBs at Medyn (2415.5) and
Kolodezi (2117.4) are a possibility. Covering these areas must be balanced with a need to provide
protection to our ground attack assets and ensure they make their assigned targets. This may
require real-time, dynamic control to ensure the tasks are met. The Luftwaffe continue to
concentrate its forces against our operations in this sector and have flown a higher than usual
number of sorties, primarily against our forward ground forces but with some attacks on
infrastructure and airbases near the frontlines. Fighter units should be primed to move and support
friendly CAPs should contact be made.

Targets

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Normal Priority:

Target 1: Enemy defences being prepared N, E and SE of Mjatlevo (2514.7 – 2614.6).

Target 2: Enemy forces defending Mozhaisk (1916.7).

Target 3: Enemy forces defending Vereya (2017.2).

Optional targets for potential bombing and / or strafe opportunities:

Target 4: Enemy forces dug in against friendly advances (2215.8/9)

Target 5: Zenino Airfield, (2113.7), currently active enemy FOB

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VERBAL BRIEFING: Regiments to Squadrons.

1. Meteorology Section:

a. Recent passage of a cold front has left low cloud and unsettled weather.

b. Cloud 6/8 at 2200m.

c. Winds from NE, 8-10 kph. Temperature -25C.

d. Precipitation: Heavy snow.

e. Persistent contrails at higher altitudes. Icing risk low. Lightning risk low.

f. Outlook: Snow expected to abate, skies becoming clearer later in the day and
overnight.

2. Intelligence Section (enemy forces):

a. The Luftwaffe continues to be active, despite suffering low aircraft availability rates
and being limited by the severe weather conditions. When encountered, the enemy
fighter forces are operating in the air superiority role or in direct support of air to
ground operations at lower altitudes. They remain formidable opponents and are
highly coordinated, often being reinforced when engaged.

b. German flak is reported as light to non-existent over most of their forward units due
to losses and the severe weather. However, some large calibre flak has been
reported over the cities of Mozhaisk and Mjatlevo and the forward airfields have
moderate, low level flak defences. Own forces’ flak cover remains strong at lower
altitudes with a strong concentration of large calibre guns around cities further back
from the front.

c. Despite recent bad weather, the enemy has attempted reconnaissance flights along
the roads leading to the front and possible follow up interdiction missions may be
likely.

d. The enemy’s medium bomber force has been mainly deployed more regularly
against tactical targets, although airfield strikes and deeper sorties have still
materialised.

e. Strong defensive positions have been sighted North and East of Mjatlevo, as well as
on the outskirts of the town proper.

f. Ground forces have recently been encountering more prepared defences on a
NW/SE line across our recent advance, particularly in the Southern sector of the
front.

3. Ops Officer (friendly forces):

Advanced elements of 49th Army are poised to launch an assault on Mjatlevo, with the intention of
striking N and S to encircle the town. Front line units have been facing frequent air attacks as the
advance nears the enemy’s key bases and FOBs – interdiction of these would be of direct help to
the advance. Ground units are also amassing to the E and SE of Mozhaisk in preparation of an
assault. Both of these areas are very likely to suffer airstrikes from the enemy, so interdiction of or
defence against these is critical. Additional air support is being provided by other air units of the
Western front. VVS engineers have maintained the recently captured airfields at Medyn (2415.5)
and Kolodezi (2117.4) for use as FOBs. Note these have been captured recently and have little air
defence, having also suffered some limited attacks by air as well. The defences of the front-line
airfields have been reinforced where possible with additional HMGs to deter low level attack.

4. Technical Officer (logistics):

Replacement aircraft are not widely available – damaged aircraft can only be replaced if landing at
their original MOB. Those bases which can refuel and rearm (but not replace) aircraft not originally
based there are as below. Rockets are available for use on the LaGG-3, if required, but it is
thought that few units have had time to practice their use.

5. Regiment Commander’s Briefing (units to task):

a. Shift 1:

(1) 233 IAP (L). You are to connect at 1900 (BST) with an air-to-ground loadout
at OC’s discretion. You are to conduct CAS alongside 34 IAP and commence an
immediate simultaneous strike of target 2. Take off should be NLT 1015 (mission
time). The scenario requires no less than two squadrons to attack this target to
ensure its destruction. Once your attack has been completed you are to establish a
CAP in the following grids, with a view to protect friendly ground assets. Grids:
1815-16;1915-16. You are to focus your efforts on protecting Mozhaisk and the
army’s impending advance. You must be on the ground and logged off NLT 1130.

(2) 34 IAP. You are to connect at 1900 (BST) with an air-to-ground loadout at
OC’s discretion. You are to coordinate with 233 IAP (L) and conduct CAS through
an immediate simultaneous strike of target 2. Take off should be NLT 1015 (mission
time). The scenario requires no less than two squadrons to attack this target to
ensure its destruction. Once your attack has been completed you are to establish a
CAP in the following grids, with a view to protect friendly ground assets. Grids:
2015-16; 2115-16. You are to focus your efforts on screening the area in front of
target 3 and our FOB near Kolodezi (2117.4). You must be on the ground and
logged off NLT 1130.

(3) 1-27 IAP. You are to connect at 1905 (BST) with an air-to-ground loadout at
OC’s discretion. You are to proceed towards target 3 and conduct CAS, ensuring its
prompt destruction; take off time NLT 1020 (mission time). Only one squadron is
needed to ensure this target’s complete destruction and thus this responsibility
falls solely to you. Once your attack has been completed, you are to establish a
CAP in the following grids with a view to protect friendly ground assets and support
233 & 34 IAP. Grids: 1817-2117. You will act as the back stop; your patrol covers
the length of 233 & 34 IAP’s patrols and lies slightly in-land. Should either
need assistance, you will be placed well to aid. You must be on the ground and
logged off NLT 1130.

(4) 1-495 IAP. You will act as a link squadron, spanning parts of both shifts. You
are to connect at 1925 (BST) with a standard air-to-air loadout. You are to establish
a CAP in the following grids, with a view to protect friendly ground assets. Grids:
2414-2614. Take off time NLT 1040 (mission time). Once all aircraft from shift 1
have initiated their pancake, you will proceed north (towards Mozhaisk 1816.1) to
take their place. Grids: 1816-2116. The second shift will cover Mjatlevo (2514.1).
You are not limited to a first shift pancake time and may continue air operations until
your unit is combat ineffective, or until mission end at 1300. During this time, you
will be expected to remain anchored over your designated CAP zones; Mjatlevo and
Mozhaisk thereafter. It is essential that you establish communications with both Shift
Leaders, so that each of the critical vulnerable areas for air defence is properly
protected.

b. Shift 2:

(1) 126 IAP (L). You are to connect at 2015 (BST) with a standard air-to-air
loadout. You are to establish a CAP in the following grids, with a view to protect
friendly ground assets and forthcoming air-to-ground assets. Take off NLT 1145
(mission time). Grids: 2414-2614. You will act as the back stop; your patrol covers
the length of 2-495 IAP’s patrol and lies slightly in-land. Should they require
assistance, you will be placed well to aid. You must be on the ground and logged off
NLT 1300.

(2) 62 ShAP. You are to connect at 2015 (BST) with your OC’s preferred air-to-
ground loadout. You are to conduct CAS alongside 2-495 IAP and commence an
immediate simultaneous strike of target 1. Take off should be NLT 1145 (mission
time). The scenario requires no less than two squadrons to attack this target to
ensure its destruction. If this requirement has not been met, you are permitted to
conduct multiple sorties until the criteria is satisfied. If the target has been destroyed
and the Squadron is still combat effective, you may coordinate with the Shift Leader
and proceed towards target 4. Should the situation allow, you may request a close
escort from the Shift Leader; if they can spare any air assets. You are to be on the
ground and logged off NLT 1300.

(3) 2-495 IAP. You are to connect at 2025 (BST) with an air-to-ground loadout
at OC’s discretion. You are to coordinate with 62 ShAP and conduct CAS through
an immediate simultaneous strike of target 1. Take off should be NLT 1145
(mission time). The scenario requires no less than two squadrons to attack this
target to ensure its destruction. Once your attack has been completed you are to
establish a CAP in the following grids, with a view to protect friendly ground assets.
Grids: 2413-2613. You are to focus your efforts on screening the area in front of
target 1 and our FOB near Medyn (2415.5). You must be on the ground and logged
off NLT 1300.



Units and their starting MOBs (aircraft of units returning to their home base with damage may be
replaced): (Letters correspond to the spawn points on the in-game map)

1-27 (MiG-3) - Inyutino A (2120.3
126 (MiG-3) - Lyshkino A (2420.7
3-34 (LaGG-3) - Nazar’yevo B (2018.9)
233 (P-40) - Nazaryevo A (2018.9)
1-495 (MiG-3) - Lyshkino B (2420.7)
2-495 (LaGG-3) - Maloyaroslavec A (2418.9)
62 ShAP (Il-2) - Maloyaroslavec B (2418.9)

Other missions planned to be operating in the area (no other details available):

208 BAP (Pe-2) – operations between 2113 and 2117 throughout mission period.
Esk 3-495 (I-16) - are providing limited CAP over spearhead forces in 2712. Expect pair or section
level patrols at or below cloud level.

PO-2s may be active along the front line.

FOBs with capacity to refuel and rearm all aircraft; damaged aircraft may not be replaced:

Medyn A (2415.5)
Kolodezi A (2117.4)

MOBs above may be used as FOBs by units not originally based there.

ROE: All airfields are Vulnerable, with the exception of Dvoevka.

Times: BST / Game

1900 | 1000
2000 | 1100
2100 | 1200
2200 | 1300

Air Combat Group - Mission and Pilot Database - Ver: 1.5 - Thaine (ACG-Adjutant)