SINGLE ‘CHUTE BRINGS 2 FLIERS SAFELY DOWN FROM BURNED LIBERATOR

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From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

A LIBERATOR BASE—Two members of a Liberator crew recently leaped from their burning bomber with only one parachute between them. Holding on to each other, they dropped safely into a field.



The plane was returning to Britain when fire broke out in the bomb bay. The parachute of the bombardier, 2/Lt. Robert L. Sanders, of Chicago, was burned.

b24 liberator shot down over austria

A B24 Liberator on fire over Austria.

When the pilot gave the order to bail out, the bombardier climbed on the back of the navigator, 2/Lt. Robert Callahan of Milwaukee, and held on to the chute’s shoulder straps.

“I sat down and slid out of the plane with the bombardier on my back,” Callahan said. “I pulled the ripcord as soon as we left the plane and there was only a slight jolt when the ‘chute opened.”

As they floated down, sanders worked his way around to the front of Callahan so that they could hold on to each other. The double weight caused them to hit the ground with a sever jar, but both men suffered only slight injuries.



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2 thoughts on “SINGLE ‘CHUTE BRINGS 2 FLIERS SAFELY DOWN FROM BURNED LIBERATOR

  • Bill Getz says:

    In combat you do what you have to do to survive. You always think of the welfare of your crew members because everyone’s life depends upon the other. The two most powerful human emotions are survival and sex, both of which are for the same purpose.

  • Wow, what a story of brother giving himself or brother! Great story of combat comrades willing to give all for their fellow man! Love it!

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