By Frederick Dustin Worthen
The writer and his 8 crewmembers bailed out in their crippled B-24 on their twenty fourth undertaking over enemy territory. Shot at after which captured via the Germans, they have been taken to a stalag in Nuremberg, after which on a pressured march to a different in Moosburg. They have been strafed by means of Allied planes, approximately lynched by means of an indignant mob, starved, and shot at back via backing out SS earlier than their liberation via normal Patton. exceptionally, all 9 crewmembers survived, and 8 of them contributed to this outstanding account that took two decades to jot down.
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I was rushed to the base hospital, given pain shots and a few stitches, and told to take the rest of the day off. One of the new recruits had stumbled, hitting the release button. No action was taken against anyone. On graduation day I was given gunner's wings, Staff Sergeant's stripes, and further assignment to armament 31 32 A GAINST ALL ODDS school at Lowry Army Air Base in Denver, Colorado, arriving there on the 28th or 29th of December 1942. Arriving in Denver in six to eight inches of snow is quite a change from Florida.
I continually turned down first-pilot status, which I considered to be hypo- 56 A GAINST ALL ODDS critical (talk about going from the frying pan into the fire – this was it). The crew disposition then resolved to Lt. Whitman, left seat, and Capt. Mathison as command pilot, right seat. Lt. Rutherford was flying deputy lead position. , Lt. Whitman, in the lead aircraft, sustained a direct hit on his number-three engine, detaching it completely from the aircraft. Lt. Rutherford narrowly missed a mid-air collision with Whitman's disabled plane.
By midday we had formed up and were on our way across the channel at maybe 1,000 feet altitude. We made landfall over Schouwen Island, Holland, little knowing that some twenty missions later we would make an unscheduled visit to this very spot. We then let down between fifty and one hundred feet. The view along the route to the drop zone was incredible. Crashed C-47 planes, burned outlines of crashed gliders, gliders nose up or on their backs – a general mess. Our flight was over farming area. We could nearly see the flying feathers of the fluttering chickens.