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View of B-24M "Brief" 44-42058 falling towards Koror Island after breaking up from an anti-aircraft direct hit that caused the left wing to break off
At the upper right is the upside down fuselage and right wing on fire and streaming smoke. At the lower center is the left wing on fire with no. 1 and no. 2 engines visible. At the center is a streak is speculated by some to be the parachute of Lt Kaufman opening who was later captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) executed by beheading. The rest of the crew died aboard the bomber or on impact and were Killed In Action (KIA) and their remains were recovered postwar.
Credit: USAAF, 7th AF, 494th BG, 867th BS  Date: May 4, 1945

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