The emergency landing of a B-24 Liberator in a Dutch field.
The bomber had been hit by ground fire in the area surrounding Eindhoven while trying to take part in the resupplying of the 82nd and 101st Airborne. Everyone (died), save for ball turret gunner Frank DiPalma.
Minutes after the crash several Dutch civilians found DiPalma wandering along the road seriously burned, attempting to find a hiding place. The Dutch picked up the wounded gunner and hid him with Franciscan monks where he was given care by local doctors. At the same time, while DiPalma was being whisked away into hiding, a local farmer stopped the burning blaze on the bomber, took the nine bodies of DiPalma’s crew and buried them at the village cemetery of Biezenmortel.
The Germans questioned all surrounding areas but never found DiPalma who stayed safety hidden in the basement of the monks—where he stayed until the village of Hyuiz Assisi was liberated by the British.
Stunning picture. MUST REBLOG.