By Frederick Dustin Worthen
The writer and his 8 crewmembers bailed out in their crippled B-24 on their twenty fourth challenge over enemy territory. Shot at after which captured by means of the Germans, they have been taken to a stalag in Nuremberg, after which on a compelled march to a different in Moosburg. They have been strafed via Allied planes, approximately lynched by way of an offended mob, starved, and shot at back by way of chickening out SS prior to their liberation through basic Patton. really, all 9 crewmembers survived, and 8 of them contributed to this outstanding account that took two decades to write down.
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Obviously I was very upset with myself for not acting on my hunch that the lead plane had made an accidental release. Joe put Otis's name in for a medal, but it was never acted upon. Mission Number 6, September 30, 1944 Hamm, Germany, again. I suspect this revisit to Hamm was due to the fiasco on the 26th. 834 bombers and 726 fighters were flying to various targets. Eight bombers were shot down, but there were no fighter losses, American or German. The weather was cloudy, so radar was used. Flight time: 5:00 hours.
Mission Number 9, October 17, 1944 Cologne, Germany, was the target, a very important railroad center which serviced rail traffic to the Aachen area. Bombing was through the clouds. 1,338 bombers and 811 fighters were up this time. Four bombers and one fighter went down; none from the 93rd. Mission Number 10, October 25, 1944 66 A GAINST ALL ODDS Neumunster, Germany. The airfield was the target; the bombing was done by radar. 1,250 bombers and 522 fighters flew this day. Two bombers and one fighter were lost.
Four bombers and one fighter went down; none from the 93rd. Mission Number 10, October 25, 1944 66 A GAINST ALL ODDS Neumunster, Germany. The airfield was the target; the bombing was done by radar. 1,250 bombers and 522 fighters flew this day. Two bombers and one fighter were lost. While over the North Sea, one of the 8th Air Force B-24 gunners shot down a P-51. The pilot bailed out and was rescued. I. ground man hiding on his plane. There was enough gear aboard so he could safely fly the mission; but when no one was looking, at an altitude of about 19,000 feet, he jumped out – without a parachute.
Against All Odds: Shot Down Over Occupied Territory in WWII by Frederick Dustin Worthen