This B-29 made it back from a mission over Japan with only two good engines on the left side. Cannon fire disabled two engines on the right side, causing one of the propellers to spin off and slash a hole in the fuselage. The crew was still able to fly the crippled plane fifteen hundred miles back to Saipan at about five hundred feet above the ocean. Seventeen hours after they had taken off, they slammed down on the runway at Isley Field. The crew survuved.
'When the big bomb-bay doors were opened? The ack-ack and pom-poms were filling the sky around us already, and we could hear the big shells rumble on the outside of our ship as we turned on course.”World War 2: Bomber Tail-Gunner Story | World War Stories
A badly damaged B-26, flying over the Marzabotto rail-bridge in Italy.
An aircrewman with the 743rd Bomb Group standing in front of B-24H Liberator "TePee Time Gal" wearing typical protective clothing, San Giovanni Airfield, Foggia, Italy, 1944-45.