B24 Shot Down 1945

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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...



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UN 1424 C
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01:32:19:00 / 01:33:27:00
UN 1424 C
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  • 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.

    jamied 17th Jun 2013
  • Thank you for this information. We have put it in the notes.

    British Pathé 18th Jun 2013
  • 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.

    jamied 19th Jun 2013
  • 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.

    amabbasi 21st Jun 2013
  • 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.

    Bobo LaTuque 7th Aug 2013
  • Did they get the Japs ?

    headteacher 4th Oct 2013

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