Consolidated B-24 Liberator/PB4Y Privateer | 41-23659 | I-RAIN

Consolidated B-24 Liberator/PB4Y Privateer | 41-23659 | I-RAIN

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Source
Monografie Lotnicze 86, AJ-Press
Author
Jacek R.Jackiewicz - KECAY

added 04 Jun 21:34

B-24D-1-CO s/n.41-23659 'Blonde Bomber II', of the 343rd, 98th BG 'The Pyramiders' 9th AF. 'Blonde Bomber II', flown by the crew of Lt.Dan Story, took port in the Naples raid on 24th February 1943. During the attack one of the engines was damaged by AAA fire, making it unlikely that the machine should make it back to its base in Libya. The pilot decided to divert to Malta, but due to appalling weather and consequent navigation error, the 'Blonde Bomber II' landed at Pachino, Sicily. Realizing their mistake the pilots attempted to take off, but the pouring rain has turned the runway into a bog. On 4th March 1943, using the remaining fuel, (Captain Giovanni Raino took off to Catania to refuel the airplane with German petrol, as Italian fuels were of too poor quality. For that flight the airplane was given Regia Aeronautica markings in place of the US stars, but this proved of little use as during its subsequent flight to the test centre at Guidonia, Italian AAA gunners have fired accurately at the unmistakable Liberator which, however, made it to its destination, if only on two engines.


Operator

Icon_32_32 Italy (fascists) | Military

Registration number

I-RAIN

Serial number

41-23659

Nickname

Blonde Bomber II

Aircraft

Consolidated B-24 Liberator/PB4Y Privateer | 41-23659 | I-RAIN

Consolidated B-24 Liberator/PB4Y Privateer | 41-23659 | I-RAIN