Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The "Lady Be Good"

Lady be Good wreckage
One of the more interesting stories to come out of World War Two was that of a B-24D Liberator bomber called the "Lady Be Good" which failed to return from a mission to Italy in 1943. A search failed to find any trace of the plane or its crew of nine.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered 15 years later in the Libyan Desert. It was another two years before the remains of all but one of the crew were discovered. The plane had become lost in the darkness and eventually ran out of fuel leaving the crew no choice but to parachute into the darkness. The plane eventually crash landed 16 miles south of where the crew had safely landed.

Inspiration from the "Lady be Good"

This fascinating story can be read in detail here.

The story also became the plot for an opera called "Madelaine Lee".

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