Copyright Date: 1997
NIGHT ACTION OFF MINDORO
On 27 December 1944, this radar-equipped night
intruder from the Fifth USAAF’s Sixty-third Bomb Squadron,
Forty-third Bomb Group attacked and sank the Imperial Japanese
Navy Yugumo-class destroyer, Kiyoshimo, off the Philippine
island of Mindoro before the Kiyoshimo could attack the U.S.
Navy’s nearby invasion fleet. This B-24M Liberator was
piloted by S.L. Flinner, who skirted a squall line en route
and found Mindoro’s night sky lit by shells and flares.
As the B-24 dropped it’s bombs, it too was struck. One
shell exploded in the tail turret and shrapnel bloodied the
gunner, H. Ebert; the other pierced the midsection behind
the waist gunner cutting rubber cables and splattering the
fuselage with holes. Flinner and his crew were credited with