‘The Big Show’
In early January 1944 Pierre Clostermann witnessed the horrific demise of an American B-24 Liberator.
When he saw it, Clostermann could barely believe the big bomber was still flying. Its No.3 engine had been shot up and the No.1 engine was on fire, the flames eating into the wing, ten Focke-Wulfs circled the beleaguered Liberator, attacking in pairs. Clostermann and his companion did their best to drive them away and as they neared Dieppe the enemy fighters finally sloped off when the flak came. The two Spitfire pilots could only watch in horror as the B-24 was carefully and methodically bracketed and shot down.