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    American newsreel story:

    Title reads: "Air death - a B24 shot down in Carolines raid".

    Various shots B24 bombers flying over Japanese held islands in the Pacific ocean, near the Caroline islands. Aerial shots bombs dropping towards ground. More shots airborne plane. Aerial shots bombs exploding on impact. More shots bombs dropping. Various shots of Liberator bomber being hit and crashing in flames.

    This plane was nicknamed "Brief". Serial Number 44-42058. It had taken off from Angaur Airfield, flying on a bombing mission against anti-aircraft installations on Koror, Palau Islands. Whilst over Koror, the B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire . The fuselage fell in a flat spiral until it crashed. 10 crew members were on bored. 9 were killed in the crash except the Navigator, 2nd Lt Wallace F. Kaufman. He was captured by the Japanese and executed.

    There was a myth surrounding this footage that it was an American bomb striking the wing of the plane. However, a cleaned up version of the film has been analysed and it shows that the wing is struck from the below. So it was not friendly fire.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:19:00 / 01:33:27:00
    UN 1424 C
    Sort Number:
    UN 1424 C
  • Appears in...

    War & Revolution
    Unforgettables - Hughie Green Aviation War & Revolution Comabt Dealers Kathleen Kennedy
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (6)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft seen losing its wing here is a Consolidated B-24M heavy bomber of the U.S. 7th Air Force, Serial Number 44-42058, nicknamed "Brief".

    The craft was staffed by 10 crewmen plus one passenger. All but one died in the incident, the survivor later being executed by the Japanese.

    Reports vary on whether the incident occurred on May 3rd, or May 4th, of 1945.

  2. British Pathé says

    Thank you for this information. We have put it in the notes.

  3. jamied says

    Also seen in this clip, from 0:07, is a Consolidated B-24J Liberator of the 7th Air Force, Serial Number 44-40729, nicknamed "Hay Maker". This aircraft thankfully survived the war.

  4. amabbasi says

    I visited the Kennedy peak Myanmar(Burma) just few weeks back.Construction carried out on the top has marred the historical value of the peak.A beautiful pagoda stands on the exact location where the main Japanese forces command post must have been.The bunkers and trenches still remain,showing the formidable nature of the defending force and the battle cries and the final assault slogans of the brave hearts of the 2nd punjab regt who over ran that majestic feature,echo in a deafening silence.
    I have a treasure of beautiful photographs of the peak and the journey to the top.Any one interested may email me for the same.If these are demanded for posting on this site,i may be advised ,how to do it.
    It is a journey worth making.

  5. Bobo LaTuque says

    This plane was not brought down by anti-aircraft fire; a falling bomb from a plane above it struck— and went through— the left wing root, causing the wing to lose integrity and simply fall off.

  6. headteacher says

    Did they get the Japs ?

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