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?
When the Japanese invaded the islands of Attu and Kiska in June, 1942, it was the first time that an enemy occupied American soil since the War of 1812.