Shady Lady | 2012
On August 13,1943, a B-24 Liberator aircraft, "Shady Lady," set off from Darwin, Australia, bound for the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo on what was then the longest bombing mission of WWII. Shortly before running out of fuel, the B-24 crash-landed on a remote salt pan in Northern Western Australia after flying for 16 hours and 35 minutes. With help from the Aboriginal community, the B-24 was able to take to the skies once again. A Presidential Citation for the crew was re-issued in June 2011 to acknowledge their outstanding bravery and courage.