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May you enjoy the following true story, as much as I enjoyed receiving this from one of the family members associated with this incredible WW II experience!
AMAZING PICTURES AND STORY!!!
Fabulous story….just shows that if it isn’t your day to die, you won’t!
WW II – B 17 Survival Story
B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew
Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.
Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.
Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle
Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge
Engineer- Joe C. James
Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway
Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda
Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk
Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus
Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland
In 1943 a mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17
and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject
of one of the most famous photographs of WW II. An enemy fighter
attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control,
probably with a wounded pilot, then continued its crashing descent
into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named “All American”,
piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron.
When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the
The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator
were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one
on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder
had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely
through connected only at two small parts of the frame, and the radios,
electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole
in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest;
the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner’s turret.
Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted
when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed,
except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft
miraculously still flew!
The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the
tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the
German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep
the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage
from splitting apart.
While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart,
the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.
When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was
so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section.
It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from
parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane.
When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping
so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding
some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position. The
turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from
twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home.
The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed
and was soon alone in the sky.
For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the
All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners
were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters.
The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through
the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns.
The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil
was actually causing the plane to turn.
over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also
radioed to the base describing that the appendage was waving
like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send
out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out.
The fighters stayed with the Fortress, taking hand signals from
Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that
5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew
could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not
bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane to land it.
Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn
to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It
descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its
When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because
not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could
believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The
Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door
in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder,
at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed.
This old bird had done its job and brought the entire crew home uninjured.
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