ANOTHER FORT LANDS SAFELY THANKS TO ITS’ CHUTE BRAKES

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

A FORTRESS BASE, July 11–Crash trucks were sent onto the runway when a B17 piloted by 1/Lt. John M. Bastion, of Port Arthur, Tex., radioed it had to land without brakes. But not a single crewman was injured as the ship, joining The Stars and Stripes ‘chute landing club, came to a stop with parachutes billowing from it.



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B17 “Little Miss Mischief” after a wheels up landing



For Further Reading Check Out:

The Wrong Stuff : The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator


With Wings As Eagles: The Eighth Air Force in World War II


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