As part of a brand new strategy called "shuttle bombing", the 918th lands in North Africa at the end of the first leg of the flight seriously short on fuel. Unfortunately, they are forced to use an airfield that has only just been liberated from the Germans by a motley group of Allied units commanded, by chance, by Col. Gallagher's older brother, Preston. Now the Nazis are determined to take the field back in a massive counterattack. Not only are Preston's forces badly outnumbered and out-gunned, but he is suffering from battle fatigue and on the verge of a breakdown. To make matters worse, he has commandeered his brother's fuel for his own plan to retreat, leaving Joe's planes and his mission in grave danger.- Written by Anonymous
Nearing the end of the first leg of the Shuttle Raid, Col. Joe Gallagher's aircraft runs low on fuel. As the nearest runway at Nenwadi is rained out and in deep mud, and the balance of Gallagher's group has moved on to Magadar, he decides to push his plane 100 miles further and join the rest of his group. On the ground at Magadar, Gallagher finds his brother, Preston, in command. Gallagher is puzzled by the strange behavior of his brother and learns from Lt. Col. Frank Bailey that Preston blames the obvious landing of Col. Gallagher's planes for the subsequent German attacks and loss of his men. Consequently, Preston wants to take the gasoline from the planes and use it to move his trucks, tanks and jeeps. Preston also plans to blow up Col. Gallagher's planes since they are useless without fuel.- Written by Marty Magnum
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