By Frederick Dustin Worthen
The writer and his 8 crewmembers bailed out in their crippled B-24 on their twenty fourth project over enemy territory. Shot at after which captured through the Germans, they have been taken to a stalag in Nuremberg, after which on a compelled march to a different in Moosburg. They have been strafed through Allied planes, approximately lynched via an offended mob, starved, and shot at back by way of chickening out SS previous to their liberation via common Patton. exceedingly, all 9 crewmembers survived, and 8 of them contributed to this notable account that took two decades to put in writing.
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Our destination that day was Goose Bay, Labrador, our last stop on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean. As we continued flying over Canada, we soon found ourselves over its vast forests. It was not unusual to see a fire off in the distance. In fact, it wasn't long before we had to dodge a huge column of black smoke that extended well above our flying altitude. These fires usually were started by lightning strikes. We located Goose Bay easily that afternoon and landed with no problems. But we did hear after landing that an air 38 A GAINST ALL ODDS crew we had trained with in Boise had gone down on this leg of the trip.
Commented that the service must be good for my heart since there was nothing in my records to show anything but a healthy Staff Sergeant. Regardless, all I needed to do was sign on the dotted line and it would be on to cadet school. For reasons that I have never understood, I asked for permission to sleep on this subject overnight. O. He complimented me for wanting to think about it. Returning to the barracks, the subject was discussed with several fellows. They were 100 percent opposed to my leaving the group.
Regardless, all I needed to do was sign on the dotted line and it would be on to cadet school. For reasons that I have never understood, I asked for permission to sleep on this subject overnight. O. He complimented me for wanting to think about it. Returning to the barracks, the subject was discussed with several fellows. They were 100 percent opposed to my leaving the group. They said, “The war will be over TRAINING before you finish training,” and, “We need to stay together,” and so on. O. telling him the cadet training was being declined.
Against All Odds: Shot Down Over Occupied Territory in WWII by Frederick Dustin Worthen