Alan Magee, a gunner on a B-17 with the 303rd Bomb Group of the U.S. 8th Air Force, was on a mission to St. Nazaire, France in January of 1943, when his bomber was set aflame by enemy fire. He was thrown from the plane before he had a chance to put on his parachute. He fell 20,000 feet and crashed through the skylight of the St. Nazaire train station. His arm was badly injured, but he recovered from that and other injuries. — from which hosts a freefall research page among other things.

3 Replies to “Freefalling”

  1. Thanks for the link. Cool.

    However, your parents, sisters, and brother would all like for you to use a parachute, helmet, kneepads, elbowpads, seatbelt, etc., whenever possible.

  2. Also according to, “Although this scene ended up on the cutting room floor, the DVD of the Jim Carrey movie, Bruce Almighty, contains an episode where Carrey’s character, Bruce Nolan, goes skydiving, and when his parachute fails to open he is saved by falling on top of Sasquatch, a.k.a. Bigfoot.”

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