|B-24 Liberator piloted by Haire on fire and crashing over New Britain and Sgt Calrence F. Marcy
Wartime caption: "A Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber of the U. S. Army 13th Air Force hit by Jap anti-aircraft fire, explodes over St. Georges Channel, off New Britain Island, and falls flaming into the sea (center left) while another plane of the same formation continues its return trip after having completed the bombing of parked Jap planes at Tovera Airdrome [sic Tobera Airfield], near Rabaul. Sgt. Clarence F. Marcy, (insert) 5711 Park St., Kansas City, Mo, was blown out of the Liberator when it exploded. When he recovered from the immediate shock, he found himself dangling in mid-air from his parachute. After landing in the water, 200 yds. from Jap infested New Britain, he was picked up by a Naval Rescue Plane [RNZAF Catalina], given first aid and rushed to an advanced base for further medical attention. The bandages on his hands and head are for burns received when he tried to open the bomb-bay doors just before the plane exploded."
Credit: USAAF, 13th AF, 5th BG, 31st BS Date: March 5, 1944
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