Alex Brast flew a B-26, twin-engine ‘Widowmaker” in WW II and survived

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2nd Lt. Alex Brast is pictured at 22 shortly after graduating from Aviation Cadet School and receiving his silver wings. He was designated as a pilot of a B-26 “Widowmaker” bomber. Photo provided

Alex Brast of Blue Heron Pines mobile home park, south of Punta Gorda, flew a B-26, twin-engine bomber in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia and Italy during World War II.

These bombers were called “The Widowmaker.” Because the planes were hard to land, particularly with one engine out, a lot of airmen died when the hot attack-bomber lost air speed and fell out of the sky. It also had a tendency to develop engine trouble on takeoff and crash.

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2 thoughts on “Alex Brast flew a B-26, twin-engine ‘Widowmaker” in WW II and survived

    1. These stories are gems…
      There are so many.
      I just reblogged two so my readers might get a look at a few of them.

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