Bombers Over Japan, 1944-1945
by Steve Dixon and Shawn Rife
B-29 Superfortress is a solitaire game featuring the technologically most advanced bomber of the Second World War - the B-29 - flying as part of the Twentieth Air Force from the Marianas Islands against targets in and around Japan in late 1944 and 1945.
The briefing officer finally stopped his pacing. He had been going over mission particulars for the last 30 minutes. "Ok, gentlemen, here it is in a nutshell. Your target for today is Tokyo, the heart of the Japanese Empire. You'll be striking the target at night, dropping your payload from 9,000 feet. Flak and enemy resistance is expected to be heavy. Navy subs will be stationed along the path of the target to aid in rescue should any of you feel the need to ditch your $ 1.1 million aircraft. Any questions?"
"None? Alright then. To the hardstands. Dismissed."
The game puts you in the cockpit of a B-29 Superfortress as you fly your missions over Japan. Your goal: sucessfully complete a tour of 35 missions and return home a hero for bringing the war with Japan to a close without a bloody hard-fought invasion of the homeland.
Your missions will be varied: high level, low level, day and night. You will face fighter attacks, flak, searchlight spotting, and bad weather; not to mention damage to your aircraft to include a shattered windshiled and compromised cabin pressure, loss of oxygen supply, damaged landing gear, knocked out navigation or communication equipment, ruptured fuel tanks, inoperable machine gun armament, and just about anything else that can go wrong with a 100 ton aircraft flying 1,500 miles to it's target only to be met with fierce resistance from a determined enemy.
But It's more than just a solitaire game: The designer, Steve Dixon, has created an on-line campaign game which will record the missions of the 30th Bombardment Wing, comprised of the 900th, 901st, 902nd, 903rd, 904th and 905th Bomb Squadrons. They are a wing of 6 squadrons, with reserve crews ready to join in if necessary. Please use the form located at the link below. They are currently restricting the number of players to 42. Please note that ownership of "B-29 Superfortress" is required.
Map: 17"x 22" fighter placement map
- 112 - 5/8" die-cut counters
- 52 1.2" x 1.2" die-cut counters
- 24 page rule book
- 50 page chart book
Charts: 3 game play charts
Box: boxed with a slip-cover