Crew member examining "Bad Girl" after her forced landing from a practice mission
2Lt Arthur C. Akin Statement: "The takeoff runway was 23, with a formation taking off on a practice mission. I pulled to the right side of the runway to avoid filling the runway with prop wash from my engines. On the green light I advanced the throttles and began rolling down the runway. Number one engine suddenly revved up and pulled one wheel just of the runway but was straightened out without difficulty. I was soon off the ground and making my turn to Splasher 5 when I noticed a great pressure on the right rudder. At about the same time my engineer tells me that number 1 engine is on fire. The co-pilot and I had checked for number 1 being out and proceeded to cut the engine and try to feather it, but the oil tank exploded, blowing a hole in the top of the cowling, and there was no oil pressure. We made a turn back to the field and called the tower for landing instructions and were told to use runway 05.
Our altitude was too low to allow the crew to bail out safely and I didn’t believe there was any danger of the empty auxiliary tank exploding so I advised the crew to jump if they liked, but I thought their chances were better with the ship.
I dropped 10 degrees of flaps to gain altitude and was pulling 42 inches of manifold pressure, 2450 RPM. When I turned on the approach I had reached 800 feet. I let down onto the field making a high approach, cut off all power by the throttles and [illegible] out the rudder trim. The landing was with a slight crosswind from the left, so when I landed, I thought the wind was pulling me to the left and I applied full right rudder, but it continued its merry way to the edge of the runway. I applied power to number 2 engine, but it went off the runway, hit a pile of sand and washed out the landing gear, nose wheel collapsing at the sand pile and the left main gear immediately afterward.
On looking at the tire, I found a hole burned through the rubber, and my [illegible] gunner heard it blow out when the wheels first touched the ground. A portion of the rim of the wheel was found just off the runway. One crew member received a few bruises, the others were unhurt."