American bomber B-24 “Liberator” after the forced landing. B-24J-80-CO “The Chambermaid”, serial number 42-100227, belonged to the 38th Bomber Squadron of the 30th Bomber Group.
The B-24 was damaged by the fire of antiaircraft guns and fighters over Iwo Jima on September 11, 1944 – two 20-mm shells caused serious damage and wounded three crew members. All 11 crew members survived, they were awarded with the medal “Purple Heart”.
Location: Saipan Island, Mariana Islands
Date: September 11, 1944
Author: Jim Ridge