SHADY LADY

By Tristan LORAINE

FACT NOT FICTION FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

'Shady Lady' is the epic story of the B-24 Liberator aircraft called 'Shady Lady' that set off from Darwin on Friday, 13 August 1943 on what was at that time the world's longest ever bombing mission of WWII to the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tristan LORAINE
    • Synopsis
    • This is the epic story of a B-24 ‘Liberator’ bomber aircraft called 'Shady Lady', that took off from Darwin, Australia on Friday, 13th August 1943, on what was at that time, the world's longest ever attempted bombing mission. Under the command of ‘Doug’ Craig, ‘Shady Lady’ set off with 10 other aircraft to attack the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo. With the target hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, this was an audacious attempt to strike back at the Imperial Japanese Army. 'Shady Lady' survived intense tropical thunderstorms, serious turbulence, heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire and was chased by Japanese Zero fighters - but never made it back to base. 'Shady Lady,' after 16 hours and 35 minutes in the air, ran out of fuel and was crash-landed in a saltpan, in the remotest part of Northern Australia. Local support from the Aborigines and a massive rescue mission amazingly saw 'Shady Lady' - fly again.
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