The Tale of the Ghost Bomber That Landed Itself… Or Did It?

Some of the greatest battles in history were held during World War II, and of those battles were those that occurred in the air. The story of the B-17 “Ghost Bomber” incident was definitely one of a kind, and its explanation is still debated today. The Ghost Bomber was an American fighter plane that essentially landed itself. And when investigators were finally able to board the mysterious aircraft, they were left only with more questions than answers. Nothing prepared them for what they were about to find out. This story of the mysterious fighter plane led to other inexplicable events that have yet to be explained.


United States Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress called Sally B world war two bomber is escorted by North American P-51D Mustang fighter in Royal Air Force colors Italy 1945 as they perform a unique flypast at Flying Legends Airshow Duxford. Photo By Gary Dawson/Shutterstock

Something happened on November 23, 1944, at an allied base in Cortonburg, Belgium that still hasn’t been entirely clarified. It was on that day that an American B-17G bomber plane was heading towards three allied anti-aircraft gun positions, and from the looks of it, it was going to crash right into them. Soldiers on the ground saw that the bomber’s landing gear was down, and according to the manner in which it was flying, they assumed the plane was damaged or that some of the crew members were wounded. The 35,000-pound plane was heading down fast, literally falling from the sky. and so, the soldiers on the ground braced for impact.

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