On This Day…November 24th.
Alfred Magee Jr returns to the light carrier USS Cowpens (CVL 25) unaware that he has a catastrophic fuel leak on 24th November, 1943 during the Gilberts raids. Despite taking hits in his Hellcat and being on fire, Magee landed the aircraft safely and there were no casualties.
It was today in 1971 that ‘D.B. Cooper’ hijacked a Boeing 727 and extorted $200,000 (today’s equivalent is about a million and a half dollars) before parachuting somewhere between Portland (Oregon) and Seattle (Washington). Despite a massive manhunt, Cooper was never found and remains to this day the world’s only unsolved case of air piracy.
This is the Apollo 12 capsule being recovered by USS Hornet crew after returning from the moon on November 24th, 1969. In the raft are the three astronauts, Pete Conrad, Richard F. Gordon Jr., and Alan Bean.
On 24th November, 1944, one hundred and eleven B-29’s bombed Tokyo, the first attack on the Japanese mainland since the Doolittle raid. Below is the lead Superfortress, ‘Dauntless Dottie’ accompanied by its pilot Major Robert Morgan, better known as the captain of the ‘Memphis Belle’ for the majority of her sorties.
The photo below is a personal favourite, the crew of ‘Waddy’s Wagon’ taken before preparations for the raid on Tokyo (above). The photo was taken in November 24th, 1944. On January 9th, 1945 all these young men were killed when Waddy’s Wagon was shot down attempting to guide a crippled B-29 back to safety during a mission against the Nakajima aircraft factory in Japan. May they rest easy.
F2H-2 Banshees from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) flying in formation, November 24, 1950 above the Mediterranean.
American flag raised in Tarawa atol.