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Super Man - Damaged During the Nauru Raid

Super Man - Damaged During the Nauru Raid American History History World War II Tragedies and Triumphs

Super Man was heavily damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft artillery during the Nauru raid of April 21, 1943.  Flying the 1,000 miles from Funafuti to Nauru, overnight, the B-24s reached their target around noon.  The weather was good, so the Japanese defenders could easily see the approaching planes.

Super Man was significantly damaged during the attack.  Unbelievably, it was able to fly the 1,000 miles back to Funafuti - despite its beat-up condition.  Here, one of Super Man's crew members - believed to be CH Cupernell - examines one of the plane's many holes.

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Media Credits

Photo of CH Cupernell (likely) and the damaged B-24 called "Super Man."  Photo online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

 

 

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