Saturday, October 25, 2008
August 3, 1944 - Charles Simonson Protects a Damaged B - 26
Fran, Zev and I interviewed Charles Simsonson at his home and he told us of a mid air collision of two B-26s from the 397th Bomb Group.
After the collision, one plane had its tail ripped off and the other has its nose damaged. The plane with out the tail went down. The other plane was still able to fly and Charles Simonson flew wing to that plane and helped it get back to the round safely in Caen.
I have been editing this segment today and spent some time researching the event on the web. I was able to find a great website where there are three mentions of the accident. The main page is at www.b-26marauderarchive.org
Here are some still screen captures from the website. (I have an email to them asking permission to use the diary pages in the documentary.)
1) From the diary of Allen Wright Stephens - He dated the event as having occurred on August 2 (not the 3rd)
2) From the diary of B 26 pilot Marvin Schulze
3) From the diary kept by Albert Neil McGinnis