Joe jr. was also in the navy. He was flying navy version of B-24 on ASW missions from UK. Joe jr. was killed in B-24 Liberator. Army used war weary B-17's in their project Aphrodite, but given up. Then Navy took over. Navy used new B-24's. Plane needed pilot for take off only. After take off and test of radio controles pilot and copilot would bail out, and plane would be from that point on controled by radio from PV-1 Ventura. Something went wrong. Going off button was not pushed, but it was considered possible that some other radio transmission interfered. One has to consider that tests with this equipment were originaly done in US where radio traffic was negliable and mission took place in UK where radio traffic was realy heavy. I think that it was juniors idea to get involved, as his kid brother (JFK) already got a medal ( for destroying his own boat). I have an article about it, but i have to find it first ( it's been a looooong time since i went thrue that closet full of magazines).