VP/VPB-139, Part 3
Courtesy Will R. Swinney, ARM, VPB-139.
Plane #32 was 1 ½ tons over its weight limit prior to its take off on May 18, 1944. Crewmember of this plane included: Lieutenant Ralph Lowe; Lieutenant Philip “Phil” Brady, Pilot; Blaine “Blackie” E., AMM2c; William “Bill” L. Gorrell, ARM2c; Glenn “Pappy” Green, AMM2c (retrained as navigator); and Ernest “Ernie” Orchard, AMM2c.
Courtesy Will R. Swinney, ARM, VPB-139
Plane #32 crashed upon landing on May 18, 1944. The aircraft burned on landing, wounding three of the crewmembers on board. However, all crewmembers recovered.
Did You Know?
Anticipating a ground assault by the Japanese, the US military placed anti-personnel stakes in the ground on Amaknak Island during World War II. These stakes are made of iron, are very sharp and measure between 4 inches to 4 feet high.