B-24 Emergency Landing Training for Pilots

Emergency Landing Training for B-24 Liberators

This US Army Air Corps film from 1943 helps train pilots for emergency landings, with damaged B-24 Liberators. You get to see actual footage that involves the Liberators landing after battles all around the world. You get a sense of how World War II was truly a World War…

Emergency Landing Training Video

 

Read the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 feet…

 

“Never underestimate the power of hope,” Navigator Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, on July 24, 1943

2 thoughts on “B-24 Emergency Landing Training for Pilots”

  1. Wayne has anyone tried to identify the men on the Daisy Mae in this photo? The profile of the man on the top, farthest to the left, above the #3 engine/prop, looks like Arvid.

    1. Michael,

      Thank you for writing and thank you for the wonderful work you do. It would be quite poetic to have your Grandfather, Arvid B. Ambur, the best damn Flight Engineer, in the 7th Army Corps, hovered over the #3 engine, however, these are actually US Marines counting the bullet and canon holes in the Daisy Mae on July 24th 1943 shortly after the ship landed.

      The remaining airmen would have been in another area being debriefed by the intelligence officers. Arvid Ambur, Robert Storts, Earl Conley, John Van Horn, Thomas Wyckoff, Joe Gall and Benjamin Weiss would have to give individual testimony while the others had to stay in another area. Debriefings were always done, even on routine search missions. This was huge so there were many more questions then expected.

      Lt Jensen the Bombardier died in the field hospital and the Photographer SGT. Joseph P. (Pop) Evans died along the way after being safely taken off the Daisy Mae by two Marines.

      My Dad, Sgt. Fran Perkins, who was blind, and the Radio Operator, Robert Patterson, with hunks of metal in his legs were already on a plane heading for the hospital in Hawaii.

      My Dad was in the hospital from July 24, through the end of September. At that time he had to meet up with the 42nd Squadron now once again stationed on Funafuti, (my Dad’s favorite place) As soon as he arrived, he met with an intelligence officer where he had to tell his recollection of the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae, over two months later!

      The interrogation was friendly but took several hours.

      On Sunday, the 25th of July, the remaining crew, minus my Dad and Patterson were at the burial ceremony on Midway. On Monday, July 26th 1943, your Grandfather, Joe Gall and the rest of the surviving crew of the Daisy Mae, plus 3 volunteering Marines to man the machine guns, mounted up on Thumper, to finish the job on Wake Island.

      They finished their job…

      They were all such great heroes!

      Thank you for writing.

      Wayne F. Perkins

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