July, 24, 2017 is the 74th Anniversary of the Alamo in the Sky…the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae. Eleven brave crewmen on a B-24 Bomber are thrown into the fight and flight of their lives over the Alamo of the Pacific, Wake Island on July 24 1943. In the middle of the Pacific during the early years of World War II, Fran Perkins, Arvid Ambur, Earl Conley, Joe Gall and the entire crew fly and fight a battle at 17,000 feet and at 300 miles per hour against overwhelming odds.
Eleven men paid life forward so that the families of complete strangers would survive and live their lives for them. The surviving families never knew much of this dangerous battle since it was only shared in the private thoughts of these heroes when their homes were quiet.
Paying life forward, these eleven brave men and the many thousands of men like them will be honored and their story be told to inspire, enlighten and entertain. The story of the Daisy Mae, will help us remember the quite hero that hides within. It is a story of heroism, humor and hope.
“Never underestimate the power of hope,”…Navigator Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, The Daisy Maeon July 24, 1943
This video shows one of the last flying B-24s taking off in 2013. The flight engineer stands by the number 2 engine as the number 3 and four have already been started. Sgt. Arvid B. Ambur was the flight engineer on the Daisy Maeand started the engines the same way. The fire extinguisher Arvid had would have rested on a two wheel dolly and stood about 5 feet high and weighed 50 pounds.
You will see the flight engineer standing outside the Bomber just like Arvid B. Ambur did back on July 24,1943 on the airstrip located at the Eastern Island of Midway.
When you read the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae, be sure to watch this video to get the sights and sound of the aircraft in your mind.
Louis Zamperini and The Daisy Maemet many years ago when both served with the 42nd Squadron 11th Bomb Group of the 7th Army Air Force back in the Spring of 1943. Zamperini was a Bombardier on the B-24 Bomber named Superman at the time. Later he and a make shift crew took The Green Hornet on a mission looking for a downed crew near Palmyra Island in the Pacific about equidistant between Hawaii and Funafuti Atoll where the 42nd Squadron was based. This was a two plane search going out in a standard “Y” formation. The other plane traveling in the “Y” formation was The Daisy Mae
The crew on the Daisy Maewas not Lt. Gall’s crew. They had just landed a few hours before on a night patrol near Funafuti.
Below are two books based on Zamperini’s tremendous inner strength that helped him survive his crash at sea and daily struggles with sharks and prison guards.
On both of the book covers below you can see a lonely B-24 flying over water. The bomber may represent all of the bombers who went on those long dangerous missions during World War II. I like that idea myself. However, there may be another correct answer.
Would you like to guess the name of the B-24 Bomber portrayed by the artist’s creation on each of these two different books about Louis Zamperini and for the movie coming out around Christmas time in 2014?
Louis Zamperini, meet the ” Big Girl” we call the Daisy Mae!
“Never underestimate the power of hope,” Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, Navigator The Daisy Mae July 24, 1943
You may recognize some of the actors in this training video using live video footage from World War II. This depicts a mission in July of 1943 at the same time the Daisy Maeand crew were fighting in the Pacific.