As part of a brand new strategy called "shuttle bombing", the 918th lands in North Africa at the end of the first leg of the flight seriously short on fuel. Unfortunately, they are forced to use an airfield that has only just been liberated from the Germans by a motley group of Allied units commanded, by chance, by Col. Gallagher's older brother, Preston. Now the Nazis are determined to take the field back in a massive counterattack. Not only are Preston's forces badly outnumbered and out-gunned, but he is suffering from battle fatigue and on the verge of a breakdown. To make matters worse, he has commandeered his brother's fuel for his own plan to retreat, leaving Joe's planes and his mission in grave danger.
Did You Know?
When the German aircraft strafe the airfield as the fuel-carrying cargo plane arrives, TSgt Komansky, whose duties include being a machine-gunner on Col Gallagher's crew, is standing right next to Gallagher. Gallagher should have let Komansky man the machine gun (which is identical to those in his turret on the plane) instead of taking it himself. See more