This is the epic story of a B-24 'Liberator' bomber aircraft called 'Shady Lady', that took off from Darwin, Australia, on Friday, 13th August 1943, on what was at that time, the world's longest ever attempted bombing mission. Under the command of 'Doug' Craig, 'Shady Lady' set off with 10 other aircraft to attack the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo. With the target hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, this was an audacious attempt to strike back at the Imperial Japanese Army. 'Shady Lady' survived intense tropical thunderstorms, serious turbulence, heavy enemy antiaircraft fire and was chased by Japanese Zero fighters - but never made it back to base. 'Shady Lady,' after 16 hours and 35 minutes in the air, ran out of fuel and was crash-landed in a salt-pan, in the remotest part of Northern Australia. Local support from the Aborigines and a massive rescue mission amazingly saw 'Shady Lady' - fly again. Written by
Mission accomplished... Running on empty.
9 November 2012 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD
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Did You Know?
On 14 August 2011, 68 years to the day after 'Shady Lady' crash landed, Mrs. Craig and her daughter Ms. Martha Craig presented a plaque in Kalumburu to remember, acknowledge and to thank Wunambal Gaambera and Balanggarra Traditional Owner families and Kalumburu Mission for the grateful assistance, gallant efforts and unwavering support of their forebears to both the "Shady Lady" and Allied salvage crews and for their contribution to the success of the rescue operation. See more
Composed by "Moritz Schmittat"
Performed by the Horsham Symphony Orchestra
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