Mildura Weekly : Friday February 12 Vol 10 No 14
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 • From Page 6 The Heart Foundation’s recommendations for the prevention strategy include exploring a ‘health levy’ on sugar sweetened beverages, opposing the market- ing of junk food to children on social media and out- lawing advertising of these products during television programs popular with children, including sports broadcasts, renewing and strengthening the national food reformulation program to reduce excessive sugar, fat and salts in processed food, and moving as quickly as possible to make the new health food star rating system compulsory for packaged food products. Ms Sloane agreed that preventing weight gain in the region’s younger generation was a priority, and that the first step was to encourage parents and chil- dren to make healthy food choices. She said that while Healthy Together Mildura was actively working to change the eating and lifestyle habits of Mildura residents, community support was needed. “Being healthy essentially comes down to com- munity choice,” she said. “And while it has to start at home, it’s a change in attitude that has to be rein- forced in our schools, in the workplace and by our sporting organisations. “Healthy living has to be the responsibility of all entities... it’s about identifying that healthy choices are important. “We are actively trying to encourage local milk bars to stock fruit and vegetables, while also trying to pro- mote water as the drink of choice across the region.” Ms Sloane said that the State Government’s re- cently released Health and Wellbeing Plan had also highlighted healthy eating as one of Victoria’s top pri- orities. “Poor diet can contribute to all manner of dis- ease,” she said. “The truth is that our bodies simply aren’t designed to carry the weight we are carrying. “Society in general is seeing a rise in diseases like diabetes, and the only way to combat this trend is to work together, and live healthier.” Mildura not immune to childhood obesity epidemic • From Page 2 Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind, and twisted when the plane turned and all the con- trol cables were severed, ex- cept one single elevator cable still worked, the aircraft mi- raculously still flew! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute har- nesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was try- ing to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot con- tinued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target. When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbu- lence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from para- chutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position. The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered al- most 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters at- tacked the ‘All American.’ Despite the extensive dam- age, all of the machine gun- ners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn. Allied P-51 fighters inter- cepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the ap- pendage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress, taking hand sig- nals from Lt Bragg and relay- ing them to the base. Lt Bragg signalled that five parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safe- ly, then he would stay with the plane to land it. Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still more than 40 miles away. It descended into an emer- gency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear. When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single mem- ber of the crew had been in- jured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat plac- idly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuse- lage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear sec- tion of the aircraft collapsed. This old bird had done its job and brought the entire crew home uninjured. The amazing broken B-17 While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target. SUNRAYSIA PEST CONTROL COME AND SEE US TODAY FOR PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS Specialists in termite management • Pre-construction systems • Termite monitoring & baiting Authorised installers of the Exterra Termite Baiting Systems with $100,000.00 Manufacturers warranty. 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