Joseph B. Herman as a flight lieutenant pilot, 466 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), relates his experience of bailing out of his Halifax aircraft without a parachute during air operations over Germany in 1944.

Accession Number S00113
Collection type Sound
Title Joseph B. Herman as a flight lieutenant pilot, 466 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), relates his experience of bailing out of his Halifax aircraft without a parachute during air operations over Germany in 1944.
Measurement 16 min 49 sec
Object types Oral history
Maker Herman, Joseph Bernard, Petersen, Jack
Date made 05 March 1980
Copyright AWM copyright
Copyright provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use

Recording of the audio of a story broadcast on the television current affairs program "Today Tonight". Narrated by Jack Petersen from the Queensland Air Museum and Aviation Historical Society of Australia. Joe Herman relates falling from his 466 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Halifax bomber without a parachute; aircraft disintergrates around him and he falls 12,000 feet; flying Halifax bomber at 7.30pm on 32nd operation; target Ruhr Valley; Joe didn't put on his parachute; dropped bombs on target; flying 18,000 feet; aircraft takes a direct hit; bomber on fire, hit a second time; tells crew to bail out; conscious during descent; hits mid-upper gunner during fall at about 5,000 feet; gunner is unconscious and Joe clings to his legs for descent to ground; evades Germans for four days; capture by Germans and 6 months as a prisoner of war (POW); enlisted RAAF in 1941; flew commercial aircraft postwar and crop dusting. END TAPE

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