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Visual Tour of a B-24 Liberator

The following Link will take you on a visual tour of a B-24 Liberator.

Daisy Mae is struggling against over 15 Zeros
Daisy Mae is struggling against over 15 Zeros

You can click on links to different areas of what my Dad use to call his Ruptured Duck.  He was in the Grey Geese, 42nd Squadron of the famous 11th Bomb Group stationed in Hawaii and also at Funafuti Atoll during World War II.

I hope you  enjoy your visit on this mighty ship.

 

Wayne F. Perkins

Author of The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae

 

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

Louis Zamperini meets Daisy Mae

Louis Zamperini and The Daisy Mae met 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 Mae was 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

 

 

B-24 Bomber Tail Gunner

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 Mae and crew were fighting in the Pacific.

Click here to watch the video about the life of a tail gunner, (rear gunner) on the B-24 Liberator.

On the B-24D Liberator Bomber called the Daisy Mae, SSgt. Earl W. Conley was the Tail Gunner also know as Rear Turret Gunner.