Phyllis had just roared over her target when the 30 Focke-Wulfs pounced on her.
Phyllis is a Flying Fortress. She had been sent to bomb an aircraft factory in Meaulte, France, and the German fighters had picked her for their dish. They swarmed in on her from all sides, blazing.
Two of Phyllis' gunners fainted as shells smashed their oxygen equipment. Cannon shells knocked out one of Phyllis' engines. Pilot Charles Paine headed Phyllis downwards to revive the two gunners. The Nazi fighters closed in for the kill.
Phyllis kept going. The coast was a...