Another tale from the Ball Turret Gunner Files.
During combat, Plunkett’s oxygen tank was shot away, causing him to pass out. When members of the crew looked down at the turret and saw he wasn’t moving, they assumed he was dead, he said.
It wasn’t until the Germans fled to refuel that they could check on him. “When they went back to refuel, the boys got me out of the turret, put me in the radio room and put me on real oxygen and brought me back to where I was available again,” he said.
He wasn’t sure how long he was without the oxygen, but crew members told him his body was starting to turn black. After a three-day break, he was back to flying again, Plunkett said.