| Action, War
During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.
The second crippled P-47 shown landing with only the left gear down is named "Mortician's Delight", fuselage number B4-W of the 365th Fighter Group "Hell Hawks", 9th Air Force. The date was July 26, 1944 and the pilot is Lt. Neal Worley. His plane was hit by a 20mm shell during an attack near Saint-Saveur-Lendelin, Normandy, France. The damage was such that his left gear would lower, but not retract and his right would not lower, so an easier belly landing was not possible. He circled the field for over an hour to burn off fuel before landing as seen in this film.
The fighter pilots are called for a briefing so early that "the birds are still asleep," yet the day is bight and sunny and the shadows indicate that it is close to noon. When the pilots go to their planes at 9:00 in the morning, their shadows are directly below them, indicating mid-day.
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