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Man Falls 18,000 Feet From Burning Plane – Survives

On the evening of March 24th, 1944, 21 year old Alkemade was one of seven crew members in Avro Lancaster B Mk. II, DS664 of No. 115 Squadron RAF.  RAF gunner Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade was sitting in the tail-end of a Lancaster bomber when a German fighter plane opened fire. They were returning from a 300 bomber raid on Berlin, east of Schmallenberg when DS664 was attacked by a German Ju 88 night fighter.  It caught fire and began to spiral out of control. His parachute had gone up in flames! Preferring to die by impact rather than burn to...