Amazing story. Thanks for sharing it.
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2 Medals Of Honor in one flight - Had not heard of this before.
Where's the movie about these guys? What a helluva story!
Interesting read, thanks.
If I recall correctly, 'Pappy' Boyingtons Black Sheep were also deployed in that region. Sounds like all the US misfits gathered there
I LOL'd hard at first 2/3s of the article. Good read.
I'm even surprised their plane managed to get enough lift to take off, considering the weight of the crew's balls...
This is gold. Thank you for sharing.
I looked up Buka island on Google maps, you can still see the airs.t.rip, the exact frame of reference shown in the Eager Beaver's photo... It's since become the island's modern airport. I also learned while reading travel guides to the area that the wreckage of Admiral Yamamoto's plane is nearby, you can hike up to it in the jungle.
that was a fantastic read, thanks for sharing.
would've loved to see what the B-17 looked like!
@Gus - thank you for the additional info. The A/C was repaired and flew more missions and was then "retired". Amazing!
Great story. There was actually an episode of Dogfights on History Channel where they showed the exploits of Old 666. Found part of it on YouTube: