The Battle of the Bulge
What was to become known as The Battle of the Bulge began in the early morning hours of December 16th, 1944. Operation GREIF was an assault by some 500 tanks, 350 guns and 1,300 artillery pieces against the United States First Army and was supported by over 1,300 Luftwaffe fighters and bombers.
In spite of the terribly poor weather conditions, huge numbers of missions are flown - on both sides - in support of their respective troops.
About The CFS Campaign
The initial missions included with the Campaign revolve around the 23rd and 24th of December, with an initial mission covering a key group of sorties on the 18th. Five of these first missions are from December 23rd alone, so get ready for a busy day.
The current missions include:
- A ground attack mission in the Stavelot area.
- A fighter sweep of the Bonn - Koblenz area.
- A ground attack mission in the Bastogne area - this mission is based on an original created by Terry Johnson.
- A Ramrod to Ehrang.
- A Ramrod to Homburg.
- A Ramrod to Kaiserslautern.
- A Ramrod to Babenhausen.
- A Photo-recon escort.
The following references provided information to compile these missions:
USAAF Handbook, 1939 - 1945 by Martin W. Bowman
Air War Europa, America's Air War Against Germany In Europe And North Africa, Chronology, 1942-1945 by Eric Hammel.
The Mighty Eighth by Gerald Astor.