Tuesday, July 3, 2018
The Odyssey of Utah Man and Ploesti-- Part 3: Bullet-Riddled
Walter Stewart's plane was so seriously damaged and leaking fuel that he was going to belly land it.
But then his other crewmen discovered they had bombs still aboard that had gotten hung up in the bomb bay. They pried those loose and dropped them over open areas before continuing the flight home, expecting to run out of fuel at any moment.
He then nursed his four engine B-24, bullet-riddled and perilously low on fuel, back across Yugoslavia and over the Mediterranean to its home base in Libya, landing safely after 1,200 miles and 14 hours in the air.