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The Wing Leader Game System

WING LEADER is a two-player game of tactical air combat in World War II in which the players control squadrons and flights of 4-12 aircraft. The game presents the air battles in a unique side view in which forces manoeuvre vertically and end-to-end along the path of an air raid. Interceptors must gain height, exploit the Sun and cloud for advantage, and mass or divide their formations to stop the enemy. If you fail, the enemy bombers will smash their targets below.

The rules model command and control, aerial dogfights and the bombing of surface targets. Experte pilots and special weapons also feature.

ILLUSTRATION: Wing Leader provides a unique side view of the air battle, in which altitude is king.

The Core Game Sets

The Wing Leader system comprises two core game sets:

Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942 features 40 aircraft of the early war and 23 exciting scenarios that range from the Battle of Britain to Malta, North Africa, China, the Coral Sea, Midway and Stalingrad.

Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 features 48 aircraft of the late war and 23 scenarios that range from jet battles over Germany, to heavy bomber raids on Japan, to the Southwest Pacific and the Eastern Front.

ILLUSTRATION: The box art for the core game sets.

With small, introductory scenarios to ease players into the action, Wing Leader takes you into the heart of the Second World War's great air battles.

Wing Leader: Victories and Wing Leader: Supremacy are published by GMT Games and the system is designed by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Cover art by Antonis Karidis.


Make sure to check out our DOWNLOADS PAGE for more scenarios, the latest rules set, unpublished Aircraft Data Cards and the VASSAL module for online play.


Join the active Wing Leader community. Take part in discussions about rules and scenarios, and look for gaming partners online.

The main conversation can be found on the Consimworld forums HERE.

Threaded conversations can be found on Boardgamegeek, on the forum sections for Wing Leader: Victories and for Wing Leader: Supremacy.

The designer participates in all these fora.

Latest News

Wing Leader in C3i Magazine Nr 30

01 January 2017. New scenarios for Wing Leader have been published in C3i Magazine Nr 30. The magazine also features new counters for squadrons in alternate colour schemes, such as Royal Navy Corsairs, Hellcats and Avengers. The magazine can be ordered from

New Scenarios for Wing Leader: Supremacy

28 December 2016. With the launch of Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945 we are releasing seven new scenarios as a free download. Get your copy of Scenario Supplement 2 from the Downloads page HERE.

Wing Leader: Supremacy Ships

27 December 2016. The second volume of Wing Leader, titled Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943-1945, has shipped.

The new game focuses on the late war and features many iconic aircraft from this period, including the B-17, P-51 Mustang and the famed Me 262 jet. The Pacific and Eastern front are also well-represented.

Volume II is bigger and better than the first, with more aircraft, more counters and a mounted map board! The rulebook has been extensively revised, following a year of feedback. New features include battle displays for handling overcrowded squares and special bombing attacks such as parafrags and skip bombing.

The new game rounds out the core game sets, so that the Wing Leader system now describes the world war from its inception to the end.

Expansion #1 - Wing Leader: Blitz!

01 December 2016. The first expansion for GMT's Wing Leader system is Wing Leader: Blitz, which is now in pre-order.

Blitz adds more aircraft while expanding the scenarios into new theaters of war. Fly Dewoitine D.520 fighters into the cauldron of battle against German Heinkels. Lead Japanese Ki-27s against the Soviets in the skies over Nomonhan. Launch P-39D Airacobras against Japanese invasion forces approaching New Guinea.

Players will need a copy of Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942 to play Wing Leader: Blitz.

In addition to new aircraft and scenarios, Wing Leader: Blitz features a brand-new campaign system, which recreates air actions in the early weeks of the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The campaign comes with its own 11 x 17" campaign map, while special markers for tracking bomb damage are included for the first time. The campaign will confront the German and Soviet players with tough decisions on targeting, attack planning and raid execution in the desperate days of Operation Barbarossa.

ILLUSTRATION: The campaign map (not final art).

Wing Leader: Blitz brings the major air combats of the Blitzkrieg right to your gaming table! Blitz is coming in 2017. You can pre-order it from GMT Games by clicking HERE.

Wing Leader in C3i Magazine Nr 29

2 June 2016. New scenarios for Wing Leader have been published in C3i Magazine Nr 29. The magazine also features new counters for squadrons in alternate colour schemes, such as American Spitfires, RAF Kittyhawks, USAAF and Soviet A-20s. The magazine can be ordered from


All questions and enquiries should be directed to the designer Lee Brimmicombe-Wood at: leebwood at googlemail dot com (Note that this address has been modified to protect against web spiders and other malware.)

Wing Leader copyright Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, 2014-2016. All rights reserved.