B-24s, like other WWII planes, took the fight to the skies in both the Pacific and European theaters. Photographs, from the U.S. National Archives, give us a glimpse at some of the aerial battle scenes.
- Dropping bombs, from a higher altitude, creates a “close call” for planes below;
- Tanks explode, on “Little Warrior,” as a nearby waist gunner photographs his friends;
- Surviving “flak alley” once, a B-24 crew will soon be back in the same predicament;
- Taking a direct flak hit, although it does not appear serious, leads to a non-survivable event for this B-24;
- Landings did not always happen on smooth surfaces;
- Crash landings didn’t always seal their fate, but this flak-damaged B-24 never flew again;
- Bursting apart, in flames, this B-24 was lost one month before Hitler took his life (thereby ending the war in Europe).
Louie and his crew mates lost good friends as they - and their B-24s - tried to take back Japanese-held islands in the Pacific. "Super Man," and its crew, faced their own potential disaster on the day the men flew their Liberator to Nauru Island.