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These Videos show the famous B-24 Bombers and their crews during World War II

Taking Off

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 Mae and 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.

 

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The Number 1 Hit Song on July 24, 1943

This is kind of spooky but I researched and found that the song “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer, ” was the number 1 hit song on July 24, 1943, the same day Daisy Mae was coming in on a wing and a prayer. This song is sung by the original group, the Song Spinners who made it famous.  If you listen closely you will understand why the song fits the story of the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae.

There is also another version sung by Bing Crosby and that is the one I remember best.

Bing also had recorded a song about the 7th Army Air Corp but I could  not find it on the Internet. Our heroes were in the 42nd Squadron 11th Bomb Group 7th Army Air Corp.