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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:21 am 
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Hmm... might be a good idea for the first mission of that bomber program LeMay is managing...

I was also thinking that cruise missiles from Mr. Smith's submarine Nautilus would do nicely; four missiles at each of the nine refineries.


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Hmm... might be a good idea for the first mission of that bomber program LeMay is managing...

60 planes, each dropping 50 1,000-pound bombs would do the job nicely.

Uhh, how many bombs per plane did you say?


50. I know the B-36 can carry up to 86 1,000-pound bombs, but I figured on swapping out some bombs for a bomb bay tank.

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clancyphile wrote:
50. I know the B-36 can carry up to 86 1,000-pound bombs, but I figured on swapping out some bombs for a bomb bay tank.

or two MOABs...


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What about T-12 Cloudmaker? Better yet, put a Tarzon on it.

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It is so noted; once again, you are a font of knowledge

Thank you; I had another thought over the weekend. Since KG-6 was assigned the counter-culture Canterbury raid in @, why not mandate that they were an elite unit, trained to do precision bombing at night? A bit like 617 Squadron post dams-raid or the Pathfinder force? That would justify the unusually high hit percentage on point targets. Just a thought.

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It is so noted; once again, you are a font of knowledge

Thank you; I had another thought over the weekend. Since KG-6 was assigned the counter-culture Canterbury raid in @, why not mandate that they were an elite unit, trained to do precision bombing at night? A bit like 617 Squadron post dams-raid or the Pathfinder force? That would justify the unusually high hit percentage on point targets. Just a thought.


They didn’t quite fit the SABS fit that 617 did for pinpoint precision though...

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They didn’t quite fit the SABS fit that 617 did for pinpoint precision though...

Reading Paul Brickhill's history of 617 squadron (Dambusters) though, its apparent that that they did do the precision marking for night bomber raids. IIRC they actually had a detachment of Mosquitoes and at least one Mustang for the role. IIRC the SABS fit was for Tallboy missions and eventually Grand Slam

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Francis Urquhart wrote:
Craiglxviii wrote:
They didn’t quite fit the SABS fit that 617 did for pinpoint precision though...

Reading Paul Brickhill's history of 617 squadron (Dambusters) though, its apparent that that they did do the precision marking for night bomber raids. IIRC they actually had a detachment of Mosquitoes and at least one Mustang for the role. IIRC the SABS fit was for Tallboy missions and eventually Grand Slam


Sorry Stuart <note to self, be more specific!>, I meant Ze Germans.

Brickhill’s book really is very good, especially one written at the time it was. Good to read it alongside Enemy Coast Ahead btw.

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Francis Urquhart wrote:
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It is so noted; once again, you are a font of knowledge

Thank you; I had another thought over the weekend. Since KG-6 was assigned the counter-culture Canterbury raid in @, why not mandate that they were an elite unit, trained to do precision bombing at night? A bit like 617 Squadron post dams-raid or the Pathfinder force? That would justify the unusually high hit percentage on point targets. Just a thought.

Excellent suggestion, sir. As you have written, so it shall be.

It will be a little bit before I can post the next update, as my computer's hard drive failed and I am getting it repaired.


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Once again, backup early and often.

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jemhouston wrote:
Once again, backup early and often.

I did, and my files are safe. Now, it's simply a matter of getting my computer operating again.


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Garrity wrote:
Francis Urquhart wrote:
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It is so noted; once again, you are a font of knowledge

Thank you; I had another thought over the weekend. Since KG-6 was assigned the counter-culture Canterbury raid in @, why not mandate that they were an elite unit, trained to do precision bombing at night? A bit like 617 Squadron post dams-raid or the Pathfinder force? That would justify the unusually high hit percentage on point targets. Just a thought.

Excellent suggestion, sir. As you have written, so it shall be.

It will be a little bit before I can post the next update, as my computer's hard drive failed and I am getting it repaired.


I've had a few of those. Never fun. :(

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Things coming up in future updates:

1) MG Thomas Holcomb (Commandant of the USMC) has a 'come to Jesus' moment wherein Mr. Smith lays down the law about Holcomb's male bovine excrement racism.

2) Bernardus Riphagen and the members of the Henneicke Column will die horribly...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dries_Riphagen


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To all and sundry:

After much hard work, I have reconstituted my files and edited the most recent update to reflect the discussions that have previously taken place. As always, your comments are appreciated.


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In Canada
Date: March 9th, 1942
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Time: 1:00 pm

After crossing the Canadian border near Ogdensburg, New York, there is only a slight delay as Mr. Smith and his party clear customs; this trip marks the first deployment of Mr. Smith’s new security detail; the Angry Angels. Mercy Graves is head of the group, and the other members are Faith, Hope, Charity, Bambi and Thumper. Graves and all of the others are tall, extremely good-looking and lethally-proficient with firearms and at hand-to-hand combat.

By previous arrangement with the Canadian government, Smith and his staff have been allowed to retain their side-arms. It is a matter of some hours before the party reaches Ottawa; matters were arranged in advance by the head of the Canada Section, so Smith’s party checks into the Lord Elgin Hotel with a minimum of delay. Once the party is in their quarters, Mr. Smith calls a staff meeting and says “alright, people. My meeting with Prime Minister King is tomorrow morning. Joanne, you and two of the others will be accompanying me. As for the rest of you, these suites are our base of operations while we‘re in Ottawa. I want the communications terminal manned around the clock. Ms. Graves, you’re the senior woman on the detail, so draw up a duty schedule.” Mercy Graves squares her shoulders and replies “Right, boss.”

Just then, Joanne Faulkner speaks up and says “Jim, how long do you anticipate that we’ll be in Canada?”

“As I said, my meeting with the Prime Minister is tomorrow. Beyond that, I have a series of meetings with various other officials in the Canadian government, as well as with representatives of the business community. After the meetings are completed, I’ll be touring the mines in Sudbury, Ontario as well as some of my other business holdings.”

“Do you have a particular objective in mind, or is the meeting with the Prime Minister of a more general nature?”

“Joanne, my main purpose in coming here is to assess the state of my Canadian business interests. However, I do have something specific in mind as regards the Prime Minister. It so happens that the Canadian parliament is considering a bill that will order the expulsion of Canadians of Japanese ancestry from certain areas of the country; the same as would have bene done in the United States had President Roosevelt not decided to issue Executive Order 9066. Ostensibly, Parliament is considering this action because of the threat posed by Imperial Japan. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.”

“What do you mean, Jim?”

“I mean that the Canadian government has never regarded outsiders (particularly non-whites) very favorably. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it is a path that I am fortunate to have diverted him from. I have to persuade Prime Minister King that this course of action is ill-advised. If push comes to shove, I’ll spend as much of my political capital here as necessary; however, I don’t think it will come to this because of my economic influence in Canada. I have a 25% stake in the mineral properties that I helped to ‘discover’ and develop, and it was my efforts that kept the effects of the Great Depression on Canada from being far worse than they were.”

Faulkner scratches her chin reflexively and says “I understand, Jim. It seems to me that you’ll be playing a game of political poker with the Canadians; you’ve got at least a straight flush and all they’re holding is a pair of threes.” Mr. Smith grins widely and replies “precisely, madam. After the political wheeling and dealing is completed, I’ll issue instructions to the Canadian Section as regards the uranium properties in Cigar Lake and elsewhere; upon further reflection, I will amend their mandate to include acquiring the diamond properties in Snap Lake, Ekati and Diavik.”

Date: March 10th, 1942
Time: 10:00 am

After a late breakfast, Smith, Faulkner and the two chosen members of the protective detail leave the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa and drive over to Langevin Block, where Prime Minister King and the other members of the Privy Council have their offices. Before entering the building, he turns to Faulkner and says “it’s been some time since we were last here, hasn’t it?” Joanne grins and replies “it certainly has. That was the time you made your big minerals deal with the Prime Minister; I remember how that old goat practically undressed me with his eyes.”

“Of course; I can’t say as I blame him. In Ancient Greece, you could have modeled for Phidias as he sculpted statues of goddesses fit for public worship.” Faulkner returns Mr. Smith’s compliment with a grin and says “thanks, Jim. That was very kind of you to say so.”

After entering the Privy Council Building, Smith & Faulkner announce themselves at the front desk. In due course, they are escorted to the Prime Minister’s office. Greetings are exchanged, and Mr. Smith says “a fair good morning to you, Mr. Prime Minister; thank you for taking time out of your schedule to meet with me. I trust you remember my associate Ms. Faulkner?”

“I certainly do, Sir James.” King smiles at Faulkner, who indulges herself in a bit of whimsy as she bats her eyes by way of reply. The Prime Minister pauses for a brief moment, then says “after all that you have done for Canada, it’s the least I could do for you. Tell me, to what do I owe the pleasure of this meeting?”

“Sir, my main purpose is coming to Canada is to review my business holdings. Before we begin, I would like to compliment you on the foresight that you showed in facilitating the resettlement of refugees from Europe. Before the war began, my organization facilitated the escape of tens of thousands of people of Jewish descent from Nazi persecution; I arranged for these people to come to Canada, and many of them found work on my mining properties and in my other business interests. Do please consider that, if you hadn’t consented to the resettlement program, most (if not all) of those people would be dead now.”

“Thank you, Sir James; your kind words are most gratefully accepted. As it so happens, Canada was facing a manpower shortage. So, putting those refugees to work in the mining industry kept other vital sectors from being adversely affected.”

“Indeed, sir. Now, as to why I asked to see you, it has come to my attention that the Canadian Parliament is considering the passage of a bill that would mandate that people of Japanese descent be removed from certain areas of the country and be interned elsewhere, and that you are inclined to sign the bill when it crosses your desk. With respect Mr. Prime Minister, that bill is a remarkably bad idea. Just recently, I persuaded President Roosevelt not to issue an executive order that would have mandated the removal and internment of Japanese-Americans from areas on the West Coast of the United States. Ostensibly, this would have been done for reasons of military necessity; however, the true reasons were enduring racism and economic jealousy. When the Issei came to the United States, they and their descendants quickly settled down and built new lives for themselves; in so doing, they became prosperous. Those people are decent, hard-working and patriotic; to cast them off like that would have been the very height of hypocrisy. There was some doubt on their loyalties, but the Munson Report (plus extensive investigations by the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation) showed that there is no evidence of disloyalty or seditious activity among them.”

“Do please go on, Sir James.”

“Mr. Prime Minister, I respectfully submit that the premises as outlined in your master’s thesis of 1919, where you argued against the immigration of Asians to Canada by saying ‘That Canada should desire to restrict immigration from the Orient is regarded as natural, that Canada should remain a white man's country is believed to be not only desirable for economic and social reasons but highly necessary on political and national grounds’ are no longer acceptable, especially since Canada, Great Britain and the United States are fighting against tyranny in Europe and the Far East. Perhaps you recall the exploits of the Blackhawk Squadron over Pearl Harbor, where they helped to smash the Japanese attack like a glass bottle thrown against a brick wall. Well, did you know that two of the pilots are of Japanese ancestry? Their names are Fred Kawamoto and Jean Nishimura; it was their valor that helped me to persuade President Roosevelt not to issue his executive order.”

“Ahh, yes; that squadron gave the Japanese attackers a right proper hiding, as I recall.”

“Indeed they did, sir. Mr. Kawamoto and Ms. Nishimura each downed thirteen enemy aircraft and for this, they were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and commissioned as officers in the U.S Army Air Forces (just as everyone else in the squadron was). If you are the least bit open-minded, I ask you to look past your prejudices and see that Japanese-Canadians are just as loyal and patriotic as any other residents of the country. If you were to table this bill when it comes across your desk, I would be personally very grateful.” The unspoken imposition in Mr. Smith’s voice is that if the Prime Minister didn’t see things his way, Smith would find someone else to be grateful to.

“Very well. I will call the heads of the relevant committees and tell them that, upon further consideration, I have decided not to sign the bill and that I wish it removed from further consideration.”

“Thank you, sir. Now that this business is out of the way, I feel it an opportunity to tell you that the needs for the present war are such that I deem it necessary to expand the scope of production in the munitions division of Canadian Industries Limited. Specifically, I intend to have six more plants constructed for the manufacture of ammunition for small arms and light weapons, plus two others for the manufacture of rockets and aerial bombs of various sizes. You’ll be pleased to know that I will need nothing in the way of tax breaks or other economic incentives to do so; I intend to pay the cost of the expansion out of the very considerable funds I have on deposit in the Bank of Montreal.”

“Excellent. I’m sure that the Treasury will appreciate not having to lay out extra funds for your projects; there is also the matter of increased tax receipts.”

“Mr. Prime Minister, I have accomplished all that I set out to do; I compliment you on your wisdom and foresight in agreeing to my request. Before I and the ladies take my leave of you, I have a presentation to make.”

King raises an eyebrow in curiosity as he says “oh, what might that be, Sir James?”

Mr. Smith beckon to Joanne Faulkner and says “madam, the case if your please?”

“Coming right up, boss.”

Faulkner opens her attaché case, takes out a rectangular wooden case and hands it over. The case is of highly-figured walnut with sterling silver corner pieces, and the finish is so deep that it is possible to see one’s reflection in it. In turn, Mr. Smith opens the case and hands it to the Prime Minister.

As King examines the contents, Mr. Smith says “sir, this case is from my personal cabinet of arms. The weapons are a pair of fully-engraved Model 1851 Navy Colt revolvers from the London Armory; they have checkered ivory grips and sequential serial numbers. Please consider this gift as a token of esteem from one gentleman to another.”

The Prime Minister hefts one of the revolvers, aims it experimentally and says “Sir James, this pistol has as fine a balance as any I have ever felt; I am pleased to accept the pair.”

“You are very welcome, sir. Now, if you will please excuse us, the ladies and I have other business to attend to.” The two men shake hands cordially, then Smith and his party leave Langevin Block and return to the Lord Elgin Hotel. Upon entering his suite, Mercy Graves says “hello, boss. How did it go with the Prime Minister?”

“Well enough, I think. It didn’t take too much persuasion for him to come around to my way of thinking. Did anything happen while I was away?”

“Yes, sir. I received a message from Mr. Needleman which said that the European Section successfully carried out a hit on one of your priority targets, that Dries Riphagen character. Also, Operation: Joker is now in effect; already, the morale of the Nazi occupiers of France and their bootlicking toadies in the Vichy government is starting to suffer. Lastly, Riphagen’s allies in the Oliji Family have been framed to make it look as if they have been in cahoots with the Dutch resistance; I think that the Gestapo and the SD are going to come down on that bunch like the proverbial ton of bricks.” Mercy hands over the message form; while Mr. Smith reads it, a malignant grin crosses his face.”

“Excellent. Reply to Mr. Needleman; give him my complements and say well done.”

Joanne Faulkner asks “Jim, I’ve heard you mention this Riphagen character before. Why is he on your **** list?”

“Bernardus Riphagen is a two-bit punk and all-around an anti-semitic piece of **** who managed to sleaze his way up the hierarchy of the Amsterdam Underworld after returning from the United States in the early 1930s. He’s a thief, con artist, gangster and a pimp; when the Nazis invaded and conquered Holland, he wasted no time in becoming a Nazi collaborator. This was only natural to Riphagen, as he was already a member of the virulently anti-semitic National Socialist Dutch Worker’s Party.

Faulkner remarks “this guy sounds like a real piece of work; no wonder why you wanted him whacked. What else do you have on him?”

“As of now, Riphagen is associated with the Oliji Crime Family; these assholes are referred to by their nickname ‘Jodenklopers’ (Jew Beaters). Their schtick is to help the German Security Service (SD) track down Jewish property that is being smuggled out of Holland so that it won’t be confiscated by the Nazis. Riphagen’s take is 5%-10% of the recovered property; on top of this, he and his buddies are keeping the best pieces for themselves (rather than turning them over to the SD). Starting in 1943, Riphagen and his underworld pals will form a group called the Heinnecke Column this will consist of him and his underworld pals ferreting out Jews who are in hiding, then turning them over to the SD for eventual deportation. Each person so turned over earned them a reward of between 7.5 and 40 florins. In a particularly-loathsome twist, Riphagen will blackmail some of his Jewish victims into exposing other Jews, extort money from them and turn them over to the SD anyway.
Eventually, the Heinnecke Column's activities became so rapacious and so corrupt that they were disbanded by order of the SD.”

“Ouch. If anyone deserves to roast in hell for what he’s done or will do, Riphagen is certainly one of them. Did Otis happen to say how Riphagen bought it?”

“Actually, yes he did. A couple of the boys from the European Section kidnapped Riphagen from his apartment and gassed him unconscious; they took him someplace nice and quiet, wrapped him up in some chicken wire along with a couple of hundred pounds worth of cast-iron window weights, then threw him into the Herrengracht Canal. It will be months (if ever) before the corpse is discovered; by that time, it will be completely unrecognizable. My only regret is that I couldn’t do the job personally; I’m kinda preoccupied with matters of business, finance and politics, you see…”

“I understand, Jim. What’s next on the agenda?”

“That would be a visit to the copper & nickel mines in Sudbury, Ontario.”


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