B24 Bomber Shot Down

B24 Bomber Shot Down

This plane was nicknamed "Brief". It had taken off from Angaur Airfield, Palau Islands flying on a bombing mission against anti-aircraft installations on Koror, Palau Islands. Whilst over its target, the B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The dramatic moment was caught by cameras from the plane above. The B-24's fuselage fell in a twisting spiral until it crashed. Out of the 10 crew members on board, 9 were killed in the crash except the Navigator, 2nd Lt Wallace F. Kaufman. However, in a twist of fate, he was captured by the Japanese and executed.

There was in fact a myth that it was an American bomb striking the wing of the B-24 from above. However, a cleaned up version of the film was analysed and it showed that whilst stacks of bombs were falling from above, the wing was in fact struck from below.

Film: B24 Shot Down