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 fuselage under the right wing. This picture was taken from another aircraft in the formation returning from the drop-zones.
Captain James ‘Jim’ K. Hunter, 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 flight deck to the rear when wearing parachutes.