- May 30, 2011
I read of an incident in the Korean war where an Douglas B-26C was on daylight mission over North Korea. That airplane had the glass nose but still had the six wing guns. They spotted about 30 Yak-9's in a big formation out over the water and to the dismay of the bombardier the pilot decided he would bag some of them. They crept up behind the Yak formation, closer, closer and then the Yaks spotted the B-26 and scattered.I remember a similar story but it involved A-26s
I do not believe I have ever heard of another case where a bomber pilot decided to go tackle 30 fighters. If they saw one enemy aircraft USN PB4Y-2's would go after it, since it usually was a bomber, seaplane, or a recon aircraft, but I doubt they would have tried to attack a pack of fighters.
That same B-26 crew was coming back from a night raid when they got a radio call for any aircraft that had any ordnance to intercept a PO-2 that had just bombed Kimpo Airfield. They found the PO-2, which dove into a riverbed, and followed it as the bombardier in the nose provided aiming instructions for the pilot, which could not see the target. They resorted to firing the guns while walking the nose around in an "X" pattern in hopes of hitting the PO-2, which apparently escaped.