John T. Palmer Mission Dec 28, 1943

"We had salvoed our bombs and were heading for the Adriatic when our plane caught fire in the bomb bay. I opened the escape hatch and locked it open. I was trying to call the crew up front to warn them of the fire, but was not getting through. The ball turret gunner, Sgt. Virgil Utley, not a regular member of our crew assumed I was afraid to jump and kicked me out of the hatch. I was still hooked up to the plane with heated suit, throat mike, ear phones and oxygen mask in place. All that ripped loose. I had snapped on my chute upside down and did not realize that I had done this. I kept feeling for my rip cord but could not find it. I must have been falling about 100 mph and knew that I was going to die. Finally I ripped off my mask and saw the ripcord on the wrong side."

After pulling the ripcord Palmer landed safely but was taken prisoner along with seven of his fellow crewmen. Two crewmen were killed in the crash. Palmer and the other enlisted men were taken to Stalag XVIIb where they spent most of the remainder of the war until the forced march in the spring of 1945. They were liberated by Patton's troups on 3 May 1945 in the Weilhart Forest west of Braunau.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando