En route to the target with pilot Kendrick Bragg, Jr. of Savannah, Ga. in command, a German Messerschmitt Bf-109 went out of control, colliding with the bomber, nearly cutting the flying fortress in half, severing most of the control cables to the rudder and stabilizer and leaving the tail section literally hanging by a few metal threads.When crew members attempted to pull the tail gunner, Sam Sarpolus, from his fragile position using nylon cords stripped from parachutes, the loss of his weight threatened to cause the tail’s complete collapse, so he returned to his station voluntarily while Bragg and co-pilot George Engle fought to keep “All American” flying. The plane continued on to the target, but when Bombardier Ralph Burbridge opened the Bomb bay doors, the resulting gale blew one of the waist gunners back into the tail, making matters even worse. More parachutes had to be sacrificed in order to pull him back to safety, and away from the now flailing appendage.Then, and only after their bombs had been delivered, they headed for home – two-and-a half hours away! With the tail section threatening to break away with every small movement, backup control cables obviously functioning on borrowed time, and only five parachutes left, the entire ten-man crew committed themselves to stay together for a crash landing at their home base. With crew members literally holding the disintegrating aircraft together, “All American” finally slid to a stop at the end of the runway. As the grateful tail gunner clambered from his position, the entire tail section separated and fell to the ground. The waiting ambulance was waved away. Not a single man was hurt or wounded.
I caught this on our local news station when it aired. This kid plays for a school up in a suburb of Austin and, in 20-30 years, will be President of the United States of America.
Football has not had a good summer or fall. Sometimes it’s good to get a reminder that good people are involved in the sport, and that there are aspects to the game that go beyond violence, tragedy and corruption.
Best Cracked list in a while: 32 Insane Movie Ideas Built Out of Existing Movie Titles
this lion tamer is the single most bad-ass person I have ever seen.
At the roller derby (1944)
sure ya do
We’re changing up the Showcase Wall after last night’s Classic Comics Showcase Showdown. Stop by and see the new vintage issues!
It’s hard to overstate the greatness of my local comic shop. Austin Books is a jewel of the industry, and it got that way because of the people working there. Smart, creative and welcoming, AND they all know their stuff. Went to a Classic Comics Showcase event last night and had a blast (and learned some new comics and Superman trivia). If in Austin, ABC is a must-visit.
For those of you asking, I was Indian Captain America! I got lots of sweet compliments and people taking pics—was very worth all the effort!
This is such a great idea!