Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dec

28

1943

Disaster on Vicenza ‘milk run’ for a B-24 Liberator

An air-to-air left side view of four B-24 Liberator aircraft in formation.

As Jefferies pulled the red handle to salvo the bombs, I banked the plane to the right and left the formation, at the same time giving the order on interphone to the crew to bail out, and ringing the alarm bell. There was another fire under the co-pilot and one in the nose wheel cornpartnent and the cock pit was fast filling with smoke. The number three engine was smashed and there was another fire in the rear of the ship forward of the ball turret