307th BG Liberator going down over the Philipines

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    This is the first time I've seen this picture.

    According to the Pacific Wrecks website ...

    Pacific Wrecks - B-24L-1-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-41421

    "Mission History
    Took off from Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island on a bombing mission Alicante Airfield on Negros. Over the target, the bombers were intercepted by enemy aircraft. This B-24 was hit by cannon fire that caused the right wing to buckle upward and left side of the tail to break away. A photograph captured the moment when the bomber was hit. Afterwards, the tail fell and the bomber crash onto the northern tip of Negros killing the entire crew. The crash was observed by Sgt Marvin M. Kottke aboard another bomber.

    The photograph of the damaged bomber was released by the Associated Press (AP) on December 11, 1944 with the caption: "OVER THE PHILIPPINES - This picture was made at the moment of impact when a Japanese Zero crashed into a Liberator Bomber of the 13th AF over the Philippines."

    307th BG B24 going down over the Philipines 1.jpg
     
  2. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that's really amazing.
     
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    I can't imagine the horror the crew felt by watching the right wing folded like that.
    Lest we forget.
     
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    Wow, that's quite a photo. Let's not forget that this was the final seconds of 10 men's lives.
     
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