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AMAZING STORY

CHASED BY OWN BOMB

Weird Experience Of N.Z. Flyers In Siam Operation

R.N.Z.A.F. Official News Service

CALCUTTA, July 12.

To be chased by their own bomb is the amazing experience of a Liberator crew. "We had just bombed the railway in Siam," said the pilot, Warrant-Officer Dave Gallaghan, of Wairoa, "when I heard the tail gunner yell, 'Our bombs are following us.' Sure enough, there was a bomb chasing along behind us. It shook us all.

"Later we realised that the tail had come off one of our bombs as it fell, causing it to bounce and skip up 600 feet in a full forward flight. Luckily our camera recorded the incident or no one at the base would have believed us."

The tail gunner was WarrantOfficer Colin McCarthy, of Wellington, and another New Zealander in the crew was Flying-Officer Don Finlayson, of Darfield. It was a day of adventure. So shattered were the crew by the bomb episode that they unwittingly flew three times over an enemy gun nest and got away with it.

Later, a Japanese machine-gun bullet smashed the perspex before the gunner's face. Shaken, but unhurt, a moment later he strafed a train of petrol wagons. x

In the region of the Sittang River the Japanese are staging a comeback in an endeavour to rescue thousands of their troops trapped behind our lines. To get these troops out, and to move; supplies, they have seized all the river craft available.

Flying in torrential monsoon weather, Spitfires are getting to work shooting up enemy craft on this and adjacent streams. FlightLieutenant G J . W. Smith, of Wellington who is engaged in this work stated that the Japanese were Sight out and attacked with cannon fire from 500 feet.

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AMAZING STORY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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AMAZING STORY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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