Against All Odds: Shot Down Over Occupied Territory in World by Frederick D. Worthen

By Frederick D. Worthen

In the course of global warfare II ten younger volunteers from all around the usa got here jointly to shape the "Rosacker" staff within the 93rd Bomb staff of the eighth U.S. Air strength, flying B-24 Liberators dependent in England. They flew 24 missions jointly throughout the last months of the struggle. Their final challenge was once on January 28, 1945. the objective used to be in Germany's Ruhr Valley, often referred to as "Flak Alley". approximately midway during the bomb run, with heavy flak within the zone, we misplaced the number 1 engine. After repeated makes an attempt neither Glenn nor Otis may well get the propeller into the feathered place, that's required to lessen wind resistance at the plane. shall we no longer stay alongside of the formation, so we dropped out of place, nonetheless attempting to feather the propeller. one other B-24 subsequent to them used to be blown up via an immediate hit from the anti-aircraft batteries. A moment engine give up, and a 3rd used to be wasting energy (they simply had 4 engines). the alternative was once to ditch within the North Sea and die of publicity, or attempt to make it to an airfield in Antwerp, Belgium, which was once occupied through Canadian troops. however the airplane was once taking place quick. At 1,000 toes they bailed out: "I jumped and counted to 10 in approximately seconds. i do know my 'chute should have come on the subject of catching on a tail fin. good, the full rip twine, deal with, and cable pulls thoroughly unfastened from the 'chute pack. I pulled so tough my entire arm flew above my head. I knew the 'chute used to be damaged. i used to be attempting to determine the best way to pull the 'chute out of the backpack by means of hand whilst abruptly it opened, with the 'chute and me in a horizontal position." yet that wasn't all. consider the plane, with its lifeless engines developing drag on one aspect, inflicting it to show? "I may well listen the airplane nonetheless flying close by; Joe had placed it on autopilot. It sounded as though it was once coming again at me." Then they heard the bullets. less than them used to be a German military camp in occupied Holland. The enemy bullets and their very own airplane by some means overlooked them, however the males have been captured, and the slim escapes endured, one after one other. Their captors took them "out back," the place the americans idea they might be shot, yet weren't; the German civilians desired to lynch the airmen as they have been led on a pressured march via Bavaria from one POW camp to a different. The prisoners have been shot at by way of their guards, and back via the SS on liberation day. Miraculously, all ten fliers survived the battle. Fifty years later 9 of the 10 airmen complete this booklet, operating jointly to refresh and proper every one other's stories. "This isn't the ordinary hard-core warfare tale. we now have integrated relations ties, the crew's education and formation, our stories and emotions, facing critical hardships, the humor that used to be nonetheless there, and the getting on with our lives." loads of this turns out lovely "hard-core" to us, but in addition usually very humorous, deeply clever, and terribly human. those males have been heroes. thanks all, gents, on your flying, and for buying your tale down on paper.

Show description

Read Online or Download Against All Odds: Shot Down Over Occupied Territory in World War II PDF

Similar world war 2 books

Hitler's Pre-emptive War: The Battle for Norway, 1940

A radical exam of 1 of history's innovative campaigns . . . After Hitler conquered Poland, and whereas nonetheless fine-tuning his plans opposed to France, the British started to exert regulate of the beach of impartial Norway, an motion that threatened to chop off Germany's iron-ore conduit to Sweden and outflank from the beginning its hegemony at the Continent.

HHhH: A Novel

HHhH: “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich”, or “Himmler’s mind is termed Heydrich”. the main harmful guy in Hitler’s cupboard, Reinhard Heydrich used to be often called the “Butcher of Prague. ” He used to be feared by way of all and loathed through such a lot. together with his chilly Aryan beneficial properties and implacable cruelty, Heydrich appeared indestructible—until males, a Slovak and a Czech recruited through the British mystery provider, killed him in extensive sunlight on a bustling highway in Prague, and therefore replaced the process background.

Who have been those males, arguably of the main discreet heroes of the 20th century? In Laurent Binet’s desirable debut novel, we stick with Jozef Gabćik and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic get away of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England; from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop right into a warfare region, from their stealth assault on Heydrich’s automobile to their very own brutal demise within the basement of a Prague church.

A probably without problems mixture of ancient fact, own reminiscence, and Laurent Binet’s extraordinary mind's eye, HHhH—an foreign bestseller and winner of the distinguished Prix Goncourt du most efficient Roman—is a piece without delay exciting and intellectually engrossing, a fast paced novel of the second one global conflict that also is a profound meditation at the nature of writing and the debt we owe to historical past.

HHhH is one of many ny Times' remarkable Books of 2012.

Hitler's War

Post yr observe: First released in 1977

Adolf Hitler biography. distinct in its procedure, sees during the eyes of Hitler himself. occasions spread within the series that Hitler grew to become all for them. the 1st we all know of a plot opposed to Hitler's lifestyles is while Stauffenberg's bomb explodes at his HQ. it really is an strange strategy. This up to date variation accommodates all his newest archival reveals, together with the diaries of Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler's infamous health professional Morell. it's extra up to date with new facts together with the long-lost Gestapo interrogations—now in deepest American hands—of Rudolf Hess's staff—and SS and different records intercepted by means of British codebreakers.

Voices of the Code Breakers: Personal Accounts of the Secret Heroes of World War II

This name bargains a entire examine the undercover warfare, revealing simply how a lot of WWII was once gained clear of the battlefields and the way either side desperately attempted to get into the 'mind set' in their enemies' code makers.

From the British cryptologists to the Navajo Indians whose codes helped win the battle opposed to Japan, this ebook unearths the tales of outstanding humans and their likelihood unearths, fortunate injuries, dogged choice and moments of sheer brilliance, to reveal how the battle was once particularly won.

It contains an fascinating glimpse of the early historical past of the pc - its incredible makes use of and next improvement. It beneficial properties vibrant first-hand bills from the workers of Bletchley Park, French and Dutch resistance combatants, the yankee mystery brokers and individuals of the companies Liaison Unit who handed on very important coded info to box commanders. additionally it is a sixteen web page plate part with infrequent archive photos.

Extra resources for Against All Odds: Shot Down Over Occupied Territory in World War II

Example text

Five of our fighters were shot down. Flight time: 5:30 hours. As I recall, this was the mission on which a 93rd B-24, flying at about 22,000 feet, piloted by Capt. Ken L. Gilbert, was located right in front of us and slightly to our right (we were both located on the left side of the formation), when all of a sudden his left wing dropped (probably from prop-wash ahead of him) and the plane did a slow roll-over onto its back and continued into a dive straight down – something you never want to do in a B-24, especially with a full bomb load.

We assembled in the briefing room with a large target map, temporarily covered for security reasons. When the day's mission briefing started, the map was uncovered, showing the target and the route to the target with a colored string. Sometimes you could hear a lot of oohs and aahs from the crew members, depending on the length of the colored string – a long string, a rough target. The briefing officer covered in some detail target identification, expected flak, flak-gun locations in route, German fighters, altitude, weather conditions, bomb load, armament, fighter escort, etc.

Lt. Rutherford narrowly missed a mid-air collision with Whitman's disabled plane. Lt. Rutherford then skillfully took over the lead position, got the group back together, and bombed the target successfully. All of Whitman's crew, with the exception of the radio operator and waist gunner, went down with the plane and were killed in the resulting crash. I was able to verify this many years later from German and USAF records. After this rather close encounter and a three-day pass, I was more or less happy to continue as co-pilot with Lt.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.49 of 5 – based on 35 votes