The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden
This picture shows the moment of impact of B-24J, 44-40210 with its right wing hitting the ground first. Note the flames near the fusalage under the right wing.
This picture was taken from another aircraft in the formation returning from the dropzones.
James K. Hunter, ‘Jim’
Captain, 8th U.S. Army Air Force
491st Bombardment Group, 854th Squadron
World War II B-24 Pilot
American B-24 Liberator bombers of the 491st BG on 18 September 1944 inbound Holland for Operation Market-Garden.
Because of the extremely narrow catwalk between the front and rear compartments the aircraft was sometimes referred to as the "The Flying Coffin" because it was almost impossible for the flight crew and nose gunner to get from the flightdeck to the rear when wearing parachutes.