July 17, 2005

The tragic story of the Lady Be Good. This WWII B24 bomber was lost in 1943 over the harsh Libyan desert hundreds of miles south of its base, due to a simple navigational error. As their plane ran out of fuel, believing they were still over the Mediterranean, the nine crewmen bailed out wearing their Mae West life preservers ...
  • Interesting that you bring this up - this was made into a movie in 1971 - heavily fictionalised - called "Sole Survivor". This movie is remarkable in that many people of a certain age saw it on tv in the seventies, half remembered it, and sought in vain later to find out it's title. I was such a person, long believed it was some weird dream-memory, but recently discovered what it was, and was staggered to find out recently not only the title, but that others were also similarly perplexed. At the same time I found out the true story that inspired Rod Serling to write the script, and now you've posted about it!
  • Sole Survivor huh? Whoa, IMDB lists William Shatner as being in it. I had no idea my post would be Shatner-related! :) Haven't seen it yet, but sounds interesting.
  • I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond. --Mae West
  • good post
  • Great and poignant post. Hard not to think about those young men in their flight suits, trudging across the desert, getting thirsty...
  • I read the links, then came in here to ask what the name of that goddam film was, as I'd love to see it again... It must be some kind of Pavlovian response - crashed bomber in desert = "what was the name of that film?" Great post. Have a bomber-shaped banana.