Day 2 brought about a 0730 mission, which would not end well for me. Why do we have intelligence if they aren't going to brief us on threats in the TGT area?
Anyway on with the Debrief!
Pilot: Jason "Darth" Bader
Mission: HQ Interdiction
Objective: Destroy Comand and Control unit 5 KM south of given Coordinates
Brief look at the map to see if any threats were on our route. Everything looked good. The only thing we decided on was to move Waypoint 4 to the bridge which was close to the TGT area. We figured if the TGT attempted to move it would be over the bridge. So we would take the bridge out if need be.
For the load out we decided on a simply load of 2x65 2x12 1x 105 1xHERKT and 1xGBU-31. The 31 was for the bridge if need be.
With all take off checks complete we throttled up and headed into the morning sky.
On the way to the TGT I decided to input wind conditons as briefed into the CDU via the LASTE pg. For info follow link CDU Wind Input
At our IP point I found the command section and locked on and selected up the 105.
About this time my wingman went defensive from a SAM launch. Intel never said anything about SAM activity and all my SEAD flights were calling out AAA kills.
I decided to push on Since one of the SEAD flights was engaging Air defenses in my area. Lots of AAA fire thankfully nothing hit me.
Over the TGT area and PICKLE one CBU!
Man these 97/105s are deadly! Great overhead shots of the devastation one of these rains down! Got 4 out of 5 TGTs with one!
Good stuff I selected MAVs and turned for my next pass and then it happened......
SAM Launch!! and what would prove a fatal blow to my mission.
It was a direct hit which killed my entire jet
Once the engine fires were out I ran the Emergency Jettisoned my Muns and ran the APU up to get some power and try to glide to a road. Little did I know my wheels were gone and I had no chance at all. I crashed on the side of a road and that was it. Mission Failure and a Death!
Coasting to what would ultimately be a futile attempt to land.
The mission was deemed a failure. 1 A-10C and pilot lost.