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Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943

Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943
Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943
Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943
Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943
Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943
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Amer. "Georgia Rebel" emergency landing in hot, 1943Delivered Cheyenne 30/3/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 24/5/43 with Osce Jones, Seth Armstead, Leon Spivey, Chas Nevius, Jim Haynie, Joe Nicatra, Alf Haugen, Chas Newcomb, Shannon Early, Maurice Kelleher. On returning from mission to St Nazaire 28/6/43 a liferaft broke loose and caught round the tail fin, and with aircraft spiralling down out of control Lt Melvin Hecker, was able to tie the raft’s lines to a waist gun, and using the gun as a lever, prised the raft loose and enabled the pilot to get the ship under control again. Not too soon, as two German fighters swept in to attack the stricken ship, but they were both shot down and the Rebel headed home OK. Missing in Action 6m Heroya 24/7/43 with Osce V. Jones, Co-pilot: George McIntosh, Navigator: Art Guertin, Bombardier: Chas Nevius, Radio Operator: Jim Haynie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Nicatra, Ball turret gunner: Chas Newcomb, Waist gunner: Alf Haugen, Waist gunner: Shannon Early,Tail gunner: Maurice Kelleher (10INT); flak hits damaged #2 and 3 along with a fuel leak, force landed Vannacka, Sweden, but later freed. The aircraft suffered only slight damage and eventually moved to Satenas, where it became a source for spares when other B-17s arrived. Missing Air Crew Report 132. This was the first US bomber to land in Sweden in WWII. GEORGIA REBEL.

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