- Apr 2, 2017
A U.S. Army Air Forces Martin B-26G-11-MA Marauder (s/n 43-34565) from the 497th Bombardment Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, enveloped in flames and hurtling earthward after enemy flak scored a direct hit on left engine while aircraft was attacking front line enemy communications center at Erkelenz, Germany.
A U.S. Navy Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat after crashing on a U.S. Essex-class carrier off Peleliu in 1944. The plane had been shot up over Peleliu, taking out the hydraulics. With the shot up ailerons and a large hole in the right wing, the pilot managed a landing. However, he struck a gun turret and the plane disintegrated. He survived with minor injuries.
Note: Although the Naval Aviation News describes this as an accident happened off Peleliu, this scene appears in the movie “The Fighting Lady” in an earlier context. Also, the US insignia is the mid-1943 one, with red borders. The crash therefore probably happened during Yorktown´s working-up period in 1943.
Crash landing of F6F-3, Number 30 of Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Enterprise, into the carrier’s port side 20mm gun gallery, 10 November 1943 whilst en route to attack Makin Island. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane’s side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Enterprise was then en route to support the Gilberts Operation. Note the plane’s ruptured belly fuel tank.
Wreckage of Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero plane shot down by USAAF fighters near the Civil Construction Coprs camp in Wahiawa, T.H., during the Japanese attack on Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
Salerno, 9 September 1943 (Operation Avalanche): Supermarine Spitfires manned by American pilots lined up ready for action on an airfield near Salerno littered with the wreckage of enemy aircraft and aircraft parts. The enemy aircraft were destroyed in Allied bombing attacks on the airfield.
An USAAF C-47 aircraft, hit by flak returning from the Market-Garden drop, burns after crash-landing into a knocked-out German Jagdpanther in a field near Geel in Belgium.