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chunkylovepony
01-11-2004, 06:30 PM
from, "Unexplained Mysteries of World War Two" by William B. Breur.

"An hour before darkness settled over eastern china, a steady rain was pelting the tiny airfield near Kienow, wher eight warhawk P-40 fighter planes of China Air task Force were based. For a week, the Americans, whose outfit was formely known as the famed Flying Tigers, had been grounded and they were itching for action. It was April 1942.
Suddenly, the silence was shattered in the operations cave as telephones began to jangle raucously. A Chinese officer attached to the unit said that distant outposts had reported that a lone plane, unidentified airplane was coming toward kienow, flying low. The americans were puzzled. The japanese never sent out single aircracft, nor did they fly so far inland in bad weather. However, it might be a trick to catch the P-40s on the ground and destroy some of them.
Taking no chances, Flight leader John Hampshire ordered six P-40s to remain in place. He told one pilot to go with him and to stay on his wing; then the two men raced to their seperate aircraft and lifted off. From the radio cave, Hampshire was given word that the unknown plane was by then only thirty miles to the east.
About ten miles from the Kienow airfield, the two pilots spotted the mysterious plane zipping along at only two hundred above the ground. Hamphire and his wingman prepared to attack this unidentified plane that was coming from the direction of enemy territory. Both men fired bursts, Hampshire shouted into his radio,: "That's an American insignia-it's a P-40!"
The plane had been literaly shot to pieces before hampshire and his fellow pilot had even intercepted it. The fuselage was a sieve; the cockpit had been nearly blasted away. They could make out the pilot behind the shattered glass of the windshield. His face was a mask of blood. But the P-40 was holding a steady course.
Only later would the pilots at Kienow airport learn that the pilot in the mystery plane was "Corn" Sherill, who had been dibbed with nickname because he was fond of corn liquor back in his home state of South Carolina. After the fall of the Philippinnes to powerful Japanese forces in the spring of 1942, Corn Sherill and eleven mechanics canabalized a few decrepit aircplanes on the southern Philipinne island of Mindanao, which had not yet been oocuoied by the Japanese. They decided to load a planewith an auxillary fuel tank and the few bombs they had and Corn would fly one last mission "where it will do the most good."
And a bold mission it would be: against a Japanese naval base on the island of Formosa, far west of Mindanao. After dropping his lethal cargo and strafing, Corn, if he nursed his dwindling fuel, might make it to the airfield of Kienow, 250 miles farther to the west. At Kienow, the China Air Task Force had no way of knowing of Corn Sherill's last-gasp raid.
Five hours after lifting off from a grass field at Mindanao, Corn was over Formosa. Down below on an airfield, a large number of fighters and bombers, each each bearing the rising sun insignia of the Japanese empire, were lined up in neat rows. The American zoomed in and fired burst after burst against the juicy targets. Soon, planes were burning and exploding. Corn's bomb load then made a direct hit on the Japanese offices. By now, ack-acks were firing madly and Corn's P-40 was riddled with shrapnel.
Within minutes, Japanese Zeros, buzzing around him like angry bees, poure scores of rounds into Corn's already battered plane.
Then the P-40 zipped up into the clouds and set a course for Kienow. Badly wounded, Corn was flying by the seat of his pants- he had no working instruments. Somewhere between Formosa and Kienow, Corn Sherill died. In some manner, perhaps by bracing his stick between his knees, the P-40 continued on course- flown by a dead man, a phantom pilot.
Within minutes after Flight Leader John Hampshire and his wingman intercepted the mystery P-40 and began escorting it to Kienow, one plane on either side, Corn Sherill's mission suddenly ended. His plane plunged to ground and exploded."

Quite a story in my own opinion.

So what if its slow and it can't climb for crap... http://server5.uploadit.org/files2/050104-new1.JPG

chunkylovepony
01-11-2004, 06:30 PM
from, "Unexplained Mysteries of World War Two" by William B. Breur.

"An hour before darkness settled over eastern china, a steady rain was pelting the tiny airfield near Kienow, wher eight warhawk P-40 fighter planes of China Air task Force were based. For a week, the Americans, whose outfit was formely known as the famed Flying Tigers, had been grounded and they were itching for action. It was April 1942.
Suddenly, the silence was shattered in the operations cave as telephones began to jangle raucously. A Chinese officer attached to the unit said that distant outposts had reported that a lone plane, unidentified airplane was coming toward kienow, flying low. The americans were puzzled. The japanese never sent out single aircracft, nor did they fly so far inland in bad weather. However, it might be a trick to catch the P-40s on the ground and destroy some of them.
Taking no chances, Flight leader John Hampshire ordered six P-40s to remain in place. He told one pilot to go with him and to stay on his wing; then the two men raced to their seperate aircraft and lifted off. From the radio cave, Hampshire was given word that the unknown plane was by then only thirty miles to the east.
About ten miles from the Kienow airfield, the two pilots spotted the mysterious plane zipping along at only two hundred above the ground. Hamphire and his wingman prepared to attack this unidentified plane that was coming from the direction of enemy territory. Both men fired bursts, Hampshire shouted into his radio,: "That's an American insignia-it's a P-40!"
The plane had been literaly shot to pieces before hampshire and his fellow pilot had even intercepted it. The fuselage was a sieve; the cockpit had been nearly blasted away. They could make out the pilot behind the shattered glass of the windshield. His face was a mask of blood. But the P-40 was holding a steady course.
Only later would the pilots at Kienow airport learn that the pilot in the mystery plane was "Corn" Sherill, who had been dibbed with nickname because he was fond of corn liquor back in his home state of South Carolina. After the fall of the Philippinnes to powerful Japanese forces in the spring of 1942, Corn Sherill and eleven mechanics canabalized a few decrepit aircplanes on the southern Philipinne island of Mindanao, which had not yet been oocuoied by the Japanese. They decided to load a planewith an auxillary fuel tank and the few bombs they had and Corn would fly one last mission "where it will do the most good."
And a bold mission it would be: against a Japanese naval base on the island of Formosa, far west of Mindanao. After dropping his lethal cargo and strafing, Corn, if he nursed his dwindling fuel, might make it to the airfield of Kienow, 250 miles farther to the west. At Kienow, the China Air Task Force had no way of knowing of Corn Sherill's last-gasp raid.
Five hours after lifting off from a grass field at Mindanao, Corn was over Formosa. Down below on an airfield, a large number of fighters and bombers, each each bearing the rising sun insignia of the Japanese empire, were lined up in neat rows. The American zoomed in and fired burst after burst against the juicy targets. Soon, planes were burning and exploding. Corn's bomb load then made a direct hit on the Japanese offices. By now, ack-acks were firing madly and Corn's P-40 was riddled with shrapnel.
Within minutes, Japanese Zeros, buzzing around him like angry bees, poure scores of rounds into Corn's already battered plane.
Then the P-40 zipped up into the clouds and set a course for Kienow. Badly wounded, Corn was flying by the seat of his pants- he had no working instruments. Somewhere between Formosa and Kienow, Corn Sherill died. In some manner, perhaps by bracing his stick between his knees, the P-40 continued on course- flown by a dead man, a phantom pilot.
Within minutes after Flight Leader John Hampshire and his wingman intercepted the mystery P-40 and began escorting it to Kienow, one plane on either side, Corn Sherill's mission suddenly ended. His plane plunged to ground and exploded."

Quite a story in my own opinion.

So what if its slow and it can't climb for crap... http://server5.uploadit.org/files2/050104-new1.JPG

tsisqua
01-11-2004, 06:49 PM
Very, VERY good story!

Thanks

Tsisqua

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noshens
01-11-2004, 07:04 PM
cliffnotes?

MatuDa_
01-12-2004, 05:06 AM
Is that supposed to be a true story? Although it is a nice read has a flaw; it says "he had no working instruments".. How would anyone know? b$ warning http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

jamieandnici
01-12-2004, 05:55 AM
How do they know he died before the plane was attacked?

After all it says that 'Flight leader John Hampshire and his wingman fired bursts', although before attacking they realised the plane was littered with bullets and only after bursts were fired they noticed the American Insignia. Surely if you notice bullet holes in a plane you are close enough to identify the aircraft and Nationality?
How do the two American pilots know it wasn't them that killed "Corn" Sherill through friendly fire?
It does after all state that they were itching for action after a week of poor weather!!
RIP "Corn" Sherill, May God bless you.

1.JaVA_Hornet
01-12-2004, 07:39 AM
A story with many questons !!!!!

1.JaVA_hornet
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3.JG51_Stecher
01-12-2004, 08:32 AM
This would be a great ending to a movie, but I seriously doubt it ever happened in real life, at least the way it's described here. As previously pointed out, the ability to identify the bullet holes and color of his face BEFORE the large national insignia is a bit odd.
Supposedly, his P-40(E) is armed with bombs (plural) AND an auxiliary fuel tank. This standard P-40E could carry one 500 lb bomb OR one 52 US gal drop tank. I read somewhere that it could use a 170 US gal drop tank, but I think that would be extremely rare, even if it happened.
The simple feat of what he did over Formosa alone is hard to believe. A single, low flying P-40 withstanding all the AAA of a major Japanese base, as well as dodging Zeros? And this is during numerous strafing passes, not just a single high speed hit and run.
Additionally, Formosa is not far West of Mindanao, but rather almost due North. After attacking Formosa, Sherill would have approached Kienow from the South-Southeast, not East.
The real kicker is the distance flown during this already miraculous mission. Flying from Mindanao to Formosa to Kienow would cover roughly 1,850 miles. That's well over twice the range of a P-40E WITH the 52 US gal drop tank. Even if he had the 170 US gal drop tank, that is still about 400 miles farther than his aircraft's range. And he did all this while lugging around additional bombs with additional drag from severe battle damage?

I think not.


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Slater_51st
01-12-2004, 08:52 AM
S!
I have seen pictures of P-40s with up to 3 drop tanks. I believe these were used for ferrying of recon missions, but the same could be applyed to a long range one-way bombing mission. Don't know where bombs would go. The story doesn't state what size bombs they were. They could have been tiny bombs jury rigged on the wings.
As for the pilot being killed by the CATF. Woudln't the pilot react if he was shot at? And, if he had been killed, how would the plane stay on exactly the same course?

Ok, I still do believe it's maybe a bit far fetched. But you never know, it could happen. Strange things can occur durring war!

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chunkylovepony
01-12-2004, 09:07 AM
Look people, I didnt write it. I copied it word for word from a book. Yes it does have some inconsistencies, but rather than focusing on those only, how about just enjoying the story for what its worth. I put it in here just to point out a situation (that could very well be inaccurate) to depict that a properly trimmed plane was capable of almost flying itself on a straight course with no input from the pilot. There is a time for nitpicking the details, but this is not one of them as the theme here is one that is only half serious, (ie. the title of the post) Sheesh!

So what if its slow and it can't climb for crap... http://server5.uploadit.org/files2/050104-new1.JPG

arjisme
01-12-2004, 09:26 AM
Relax. I think most folks enjoy it as a story and get the point about trim. It is also interesting to try to determine if it is just a story or if it happened in RL. Kinda fun reading the discussion on that actually.

RayBanJockey
01-12-2004, 09:36 AM
There is a possibility I was Corn Sherill in a previous life.

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Copperhead310th
01-12-2004, 10:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RayBanJockey:
There is a possibility I was Corn Sherill in a previous life.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No ray there is a strong possiblity you were Peewee Herman or Steve Erkle is a Previous life.
A WWII fighter Pilot....i doubt that very much.