Flying the B-314, A captured 88mm Cargo
Emil Kissel

The first 88mm (88mm was the bore of a German cannon that was universally respected for its versatility) was picked up at Fisherman Lake in Liberia. It was just the barrel and it must have had high priority to get back to the USA. We made cradles at each bulkhead to distribute the load, and bolt it down. This was in the passageway in the fuselage but we walked around it. At Fish lake we had our local workers shoulder to shoulder on both sides of the barrel and simply walked it on. At La Guardia it presented a major problem because they tried cranes etc. I never did find out how they finally got it off. As I said before, Pan Am was very strict on security and incidents like this were never talked about until after WWII.