|A Heinkel He-111H bomber from the German flying school Flugzeugfuhrerschule C12 is seen after it crashed onto a Czech house in the vicinity of Prague. The student probably has to take this lesson over again.|
Here, we present some photos of planes that did manage to get down. That, I think, we can all agree upon. Some of them just got down in several pieces. These are bad landings of World War II.
|Ju 87 Stuka “Sturzkampfbomber,” or Stuka.|
Now, we can all quibble about the meaning of "bad landings," just as we can fight over the meaning of "is."
I know this is a tricky area. No matter how I define it, someone is going to say, "Yes, but that pilot did a masterful job getting it down like that."
|Ju 88 G-1.|
There also is the old pilot's saying, "any landing that you can walk away from is a good landing."
Well, I don't know if everyone walked away from all of these landings. However, there is always that possibility, however remote.
|Junkers Ju 87.|
So, before you take me to task for, "It wasn't his fault," or "You couldn't do any better," let me just say, you're 100% right.
|Hellcat on USS Randolph.|
Let's define "bad landings" as "Well, it could have gone just a teensy weensy bit better in a perfect world."
|1945. I love the guy on the right who is so dejected.|
Or, to put it another way: here is a presentation on the variety of unorthodox ways that you can get your plane back down to terra firma.
|Polikarpov I-16 type 24, pilot Boris F. Safonov, 72.SAP.|
You know, the simple fact is, some days are better than others.
|B-29 on Iwo Jima. The gunner in the rear turret must have had a hell of a time getting out.|
And on some days, you just shoulda stayed in bed.
|A German Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8 fighter on an airfield liberated by British troops at Steen Okkerzeel, north east of Brussels, Belgium.|
|Dauntless - that is one solid plane.|
|Bf 109E1/B of 6./ JG 27. "Pilot's Monument" "Landing problems? Never."|
|Bf 109 F W.Nr. unknown "Schwarze 1", 8./JG 3, Beresowka, 15 September 1941. the pilot freed after the airframe being stabilized by wooden poles.|
|P-38 belly landed after gear failure. If he'd slid into the officers' mess, there would have been words.|
|Wreck of Ju 87D Stuka dive bomber of German Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, North Africa, 1942.|
|Devastator on Yorktown, Sept 1940.|
|Stuka caught by the Royal Air Force in Egypt. Photograph taken in Sollum by H Paton, 3 December 1942. Original caption reads: A Stuka caught over 8th army ground units by RAF.|
|Bf 109E1/B of 6./ JG 27. "Pilot's Monument."|
|This Ju-88 made a spectacular nose landing.|
|US Navy pilot being rescued from plane hanging over side of an aircraft carrier. Date taken: 1940.|
|Mitsubishi G4M Betty trapped in water and killed by American fighters. This would be an excellent landing if the plane had floats.|
|Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1 (W.Nr. 3465) ‘White 2’ of 4./JG 52, flown by Feldwebel Paul Bosche, which force-landed on Little Grange Farm, Woodham Mortimer, Essex on 8 October 1940.|
|Heinkel 111 over England.|
|Fighter F6F- 5 Hellcat committed an emergency landing on the deck of a US aircraft carrier escort 1945.|
|I'm cheating, this is World War I, but it's too good to omit.|
|A Messerschmitt 110 has crash landed in the garden of a house. A Junkers 52 plane flies overhead (Ang, Federal Archive).|
|Hellcat on the USS Princeton|