Brandt Crew. Abraham wrote in his journal, 'All the way to the target we had heavy flak and damn accurate too. Our squadron got lost and it took us 1 hr 25 minutes to find the target. After bombs away we headed for home. By this time my ship was very low on gas and we had to drop out of formation and head for an emergency airfield near Paris. We were still in Germany at the time, alone and unescorted. É we were on the border of Belgium and France when our engins began to sputter. The pilot told us to prepare for a crash landing and we all acknowledged. He spotted a cornfield and headed for it. By this time the ropellers were just windmilling and we knew they would stop. É The pilot spotted high tension wires in front of us, with no power he took a chance and nosed it down while leveling off. We hit the gound and stopped. It was by the grace of God we walked away from the plane uninjured. '
Units served with
The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...