With their guns dry Krell and his wingman disengaged and began racing away along the river. That left one helblade to tangle with the remaining thunderbolt. Krell was already voxing in requests for further air support to ensure the success of the mission
Lt. Snyder in the remaining thunderbolt swung his thunderbolt into a tomahawk attack position against the remaining helblade. it was a maneuver that relied on the heavier armor and firepower of his thunderbolt versus the light armor of the helblade. He already had one kill and as his finger flicked the switch to guns he depressed the trigger sending a hail of fire to shred the chaos aircraft.
Pilskin knew dread as he saw his remaining escort go down in flames. The thunderbolt was swooping in for the kill and pilskin cut far to the right at the last minute letting the Imperial overshoot his position. Franticly he voxed the SOG team he was coming in hot.
Pilskin gunned his engines and dived down towards the LZ he could see the thunderbolt coming in to his left. In desperation his door gunner began firing the door mounted heavy bolter at the thunderbolt. Shockingly Pilskin saw sparks fly off the nose of the imperial aircraft but the heavy bolter rounds failed to even make a dent in the thunderbolts heavy frontal armor plates.
Lt. Snyder saw the flashes of the door gunner firing at him even as he dived in for the kill. Snyder depressed the trigger and sent a stream of shots through the side of the Valkyrie shredding the crew and igniting the fuel lines. The lumbering transport burst into flames before crashing into the LZ where SOG team 27 was waiting.
With the Stygian extraction mission burning on the ground Lt. Snyder winged over and began flying back to base with two kills to his credit this day.
Special thanks goes out to Jake Holte (seen below) for all his help including the use of his thunderbolts in this battle report.