Miss Satan II
Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder
Squadron Code: FW-Z
Crew Chief: T/Sgt. Elbert G. Goss
Asst. Crew Chief: Cpl. Verliss Rose
Black Fury's last
flight was on June 8, 1944, two days after D-Day, as part of a mission
against a fuel dump behind the Normandy beachead, in the Forêt de
Grimbosq. The mission began at 1958 hrs, with a ceiling of 900 ft. The
formation became widely separated during its ascent thru the solid overcast.
Fourteen of the eighteen-ship formation aborted. Twenty-two year old Lt.
Jerald Fisher became lost trying to find the formation. He saw the RAF
fighter strip at Gravesend and landed on the short, steel-matted strip.
His nose tire was punctured, collapsing the nose gear and causing Black
Fury to tear up 50 feet of the strip as it came to a rest in a field.
Cpl. Elton A. Armstrong, 556th Armament Section, who had volunteered to
replace the hung-over EG on Fisher's crew, was impressed that Lt. Fisher
missed "...all of those barrage balloons" during their perilous landing.
Fisher replied, "What barrage balloons?!!" ...forty years later. Black
Fury was salvaged for parts.