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Bail-Out Positions on a B-24

Bail-Out Positions on a B-24 World War II Aviation & Space Exploration Government American History

This illustrated procedure showed B-24 crew members what they needed to do if they were forced to bail-out of their planes.

Issued by the Army Air Force (AAF) Flight Control Command, the safety procedure also depicts the crew locations, such as the bombardier who was positioned in the B-24's nose. Note that the pilot and flight engineer were seated behind the nose.

Louie Zamperini's normal job was bombardier, but on the day "Green Hornet" crashed into the Pacific, the crew was on a search-and-rescue mission (not a bomb run).

When "Green Hornet" crashed—on May 27, 1943—Zamperini was in the right-waist gunner position. It is marked in green on this graphic.  His normal position, as bombardier, is shown in the nose.

The B-24 had various exits along the bottom of the plane's fuselage. Those bail-out points are also shown in this official AAF drawing.

Click on the image for a much-larger view.


Media Credits

Safety procedure for bailing-out of B-24s, issued by the Army Air Force during World War II. Online via the U.S. National Archives.

 

 

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