I wiped out a bunch of MiG-21s which foolishly came out to fight, and took out multiple Tu-95 Bear aircraft searching for me, and I think that so far the exact location of my CVBGs remains unknown.
I managed a strike upon Bardufoss, causing limited damage, and I sank a Soviet submarine that got too close for comfort. I need to keep up the pressure and prevent the Soviets from locating my CVBGs, because if I'm found, then they'll send in the Backfires and Badgers against me, and that's something I want to try very hard to avoid.
October 2, 1975, 080958Z
A merchant ship was discovered a while ago near the John F. Kennedy CVBG, and USS California now identifies it as the Castro, an unfriendly Commercial Supply Vessel. If it was friendly or neutral I would have left it alone, but not if it was unfriendly.
|The Castro is wandering in the wrong neighborhood|
|California opens fire|
082535Z Soviet attack aircraft are detected over the 15th Infantry Brigade.
|Soviet raid inbound|
|SAMs fire on the MiG-23s|
090000Z More aircraft are now ready on Saratoga, so I prepare and launch another strike on Bardufoss. To scout out targets at Bardufoss targets, I launch my Recon Harrier from Evenes.
091149Z The Harrier locates an armor platoon, but also spots multiple aircraft. They are likely too far away to be of assistance, but I divert some of my CAP to investigate.
|My Harrier spots multiple aircraft north of Bardufoss|
091346Z My suspicions are confirmed. My Harrier identifies one of the aircraft as a Fishbed, and goes low to evade. I send it back towards friendly lines in the hopes of keeping it alive. Four Fishbeds are in pursuit. My Harrier increases speed to full military power in the hopes of outrunning them.
Now there are six Fishbeds in pursuit.
|My Recon Harrier is in deep trouble.|
092712Z The MiGs get impatient, however, and soon they chase the Harrier directly over the NATO ground forces, which open up with ground fire.
|The MiGs fly over the NATO ground forces|
As my Harrier duels with the MiGs, Su-15 Flagons approach the area, and, hopefully unnoticed, a pair of A-7Es show up on the scene, ready to search for more Soviet ground units.
|The A-7s begin their attack run|
A pair of A-6s make their run on Bardufoss. They drop their 2000lb bombs on an Ammo bunker, doing light damage. Some of my F-14s arrive on the scene and start firing missiles at the Su-15s, which decide to leave the area. One of the Flagons is shot down by a Phoenix. My second pair of A-7s arrive on the scene and completely miss with their cluster bombs.
My F-14s, nearing the limits of their fuel detect some MiG-23s leaving Banak, and launch barrages of Phoenixes at them, shooting down four. An Su-15 Flagon is shot down as well.
My last pair of strike aircraft, A-7s, drop their Walleyes at Bardufoss, causing more negligible damage. Instead of attacking Ammo Bunkers, I need to focus on runways from now on.
To the north, the air battle continues. Many of my F-14s are RTB Bingo, but a few are still in the fight, picking off Soviet planes.
|F-14s bring the fight to the enemy.|
I launch another strike against Bardufoss, and as my aircraft takeoff and form up, I get reports that Soviet ground forces have engaged the NATO ground forces.
|The Soviet ground attack has begun|
|The land battle rages as my tanks engage Soviet Motorized Infantry.|
|The F-14s engage the Bears.|
North of Narvik, the ground battle still rages. Fortunately, Soviet units seem to be arriving piecemeal, allowing my ground forces to pound them.
|Soviet armored units arrive.|
111107Z My strike on Bardufoss begins their attack runs, focusing solely on the runways, and led by a pair of A-7s with Mk84 2000lb bombs.
|Targeting the runways|
|To the east my Vigilante identifies the Soviet ships|
|The Tu-95 is flying seaward with no protection; all of the Soviet fighters as well behind it|
While searching for targets near Bardufoss, my A-7s stumble upon a SA-9b Gaskin platoon, and two of the A-7s are shot down. The second pair of A-7s promptly drop their cluster bombs on the platoon, destroying it.
North of Narvik, my ground forces come under attack again, and I lose a Mechanized Infantry platoon to Soviet tanks. My armored platoons respond, but so far I cannot locate the attacking forces...
Continued in Part Three.