Combat photo of the Boeing Flying Fortress "Lakanuki" of the Bomb Group, Squadron going down just after it's tail blown off. The tail gunner David L. Butcher survived by being thrown clear when the tail came off.
While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.
The American "Powerful Poodle" takes a direct hit from flak over Ludwigshafen, Germany during her tenth, and last, sortie. She went down at Nov. All of the crew were killed. Note the bombs falling from the plane above her.