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'Shady Lady'is the epic story of the B-24 Liberator aircraft called 'Shady Lady' that set off from Darwin on Friday, 13 August 1943 on what was at that time the world's longest ever bombing mission of WWII to the oil refineries at Balikpapan, Borneo.
Shortly before running out of fuel, 'Shady Lady' was 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, 'Shady Lady'amazingly flew again. The crew received a 'Presidential Citation' for their outstanding bravery and courage.
'Shady Lady' was part of the 380th Bombardment Group which flew B-24 bombers in the South West and Western Pacific areas in WWII.
Known as the FLYING CIRCUS and as the KING OF THE HEAVIES, the 380th went overseas in April 1943 and was placed under the control of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and assigned to the Australian North West Area Command operating out of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.