Lady Be Good by Patrice Williams Marks | Script Revolution

Lady Be Good

TRUE STORY: 1943, the young, green crew of the B24 “Lady Be Good,” took off on it’s way to a bombing air-raid over Naples, Italy. 25 Liberators were sent, 24 returned.



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TRUE STORY: On April 4, 1943, the young, green crew of the “Lady Be Good,” (a B-24 Liberator) took off from an American air base on it’s way to a bombing air-raid over Naples, Italy. 25 Liberators were sent, 24 returned. Fifteen years later, the perfectly-preserved missing bomber was spotted in the Libyan desert with no sign of the crew.

Two British Geologists peer out the window of their Dakota aircraft; their eyes sweep the desert floor below. Within the desolate terrain, an object commands their attention; a downed aircraft. They’re riveted, as planes rarely fly over the Southeast Libyan desert. On a closer pass, they make out the name of the B-24…. LADY BE GOOD.

17 years earlier to the day on April 1, 1943, a young, eager crew of nine arrived in Soluch, Libya; one of several rough, sand-blasted airstrips around Benghazi. (The base is near the Mediterranean, backed by desert). Until their first flight, there was nothing to distinguish the Lady Be Good, or her crew apart from any other.

On April 4, on her first combat flight, fate or blind chance takes the Lady in hand. From the beginning, the Naples bombing mission goes wrong. Sand clogs the engines of many bombers, causing most to return home with mechanical failure. The Lady struggles on, but finds the target too dark for the bombing. Four hours later, they break radio silence to ask for a bearing. They are given a 330-degree bearing, which presumably, puts him over the Mediterranean, on a straight line toward home.

But the Lady vanishes…

Their struggle for survival would begin one of histories strangest mysteries – and one of the most compelling tales of courage to come out of WWII.

Submitted: August 25, 2018
Last Updated: August 25, 2018

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The Writer: Patrice Williams Marks

Patrice Williams Marks penned her first book in third grade; The Day Snoopy Got Married. While it didn't make the New York Times Bestseller List, it was an instant classic with the Nunaka Valley Elementary School staff. From that moment forward, Patrice knew she was a writer. With a zest for travel and an insatiable appetite for all things vintage and period, Patrice uses her investigative journalism background to create authentic characters to occupy the pages of her books and screenplays. Patrice has a talent for shining a light on riveting, obscure stories from times past and generating page turners. / Podcast / @PWilliamsMarks / / Facebook... Go to bio

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