Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress: Waist Gunner's Position

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Frederick A. Johnsen. A well researched and illustrated history of the B-17, with a very strong section on its combat record, an interesting chapter on the efforts made to improve the aircraft (including a number of suggestions that didn't enter production) and a good selection of colour pictures of the aircraft. [see more]

B-17 Flying Fortress

The B-17 aircraft served in every theater of the Second World War, but it is best known for the daylight mass strategic bombing of German targets from 1942 to 1945. Production of the B-17 ended in May 1945 with a total of 12,726 manufactured. The name "Flying Fortress" was coined by a reporter, but quickly adopted by Boeing and the military.

Waist gunner in the B-17 Invader II, S/Sgt. William D. King, Imperial, TX, over England, 17 March 1943.

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B-17 42-32048 / Queen Details

Boeing B-17G-35-BO “Flying Fortress”, S/N 42-32048, nicknamed “Queen” crashed close to a small village of Krhov, near Bojkovice. On August 29, 1944 it flew on the Dog 4 position. Its crew, however, did not fly in the composition in which they underwent training in the US. Into the original crew did not belong the co-pilot F / O Thompson, who started the tour on June 25, 1944 over Sete in France and finished twenty-three missions, as well as navigator 2/Lt. Embry, whose tour began on August 20, 1944 over Auschwitz and on that fateful day, he was on his sixth mission, S/Sgt. Byam, who flew his first mission over Blechhammer on August 7, 1944 and completed eight missions and Sgt. Adair who completed three missions with his first one on August 22, 1944 over Odertal. Radiooperator S/Sgt. John J. Martin has completed twenty-eight missions his tour began on May 27, 1944 over St. Etienne and became the most experienced member of the crew.
Other pilots began their tour on July 5, 1944 by the mission over Montpelier, France. On Aug 29, 1944 2/Lt. Weiler started on his 13th mission, 2/Lt. Sulkey on 20th mission, T / Sgt. Bumgardner on 16th mission and S / Sgt. Wagoner and S / Sgt. Dalcanale on 15th mission.

Sudden and aggressive attack of the German fighters had for the airplane and its crew tragic consequences. One can only assume that there was a fire aboard of the stricken plane followed by the explosion. Although the crew certainly tried to leave the aircraft as fast as possible (those who had not been killed or seriously wounded), only four of them managed to bail out prior to explosion. But parachutes of three airmen, apparently soaked with gasoline, caught fire immediately after the explosion and they were killed by the free fall to the ground.

That day residents of Pitín and its neighborhood watched the usualy stream of American planes heading to north and suddenly they saw several machines burning. From the airplane that flew close to them, one flyer bailed out and was slowly descending on his parachute to the ground. German fighter was still shooting at him while he was falling down hanging under his chute… Shortly thereafter, the aircraft exploded and crashed southwest of Krhov. In the afternoon, German troops arrived to the crash site, inspected the wreckage of the machine and collected six mutilated bodies. In the afternoon the German pilot who shot „Queen“ down arrived to the crash site. After the battle he landed at the airport either in Kunovice or in Otrokovice, toke the motorbike and drove away to see „his“ B-17. On the way he stopped in Bojkovice where he toke the local photographer and and continued to Krhov. At the crash site he ordered the fotographer to take the set of pictures of him over the wreckage, see bellow.

The only survivor of the american crew was the co-pilot F/O Irving Delmar Thompson (b. December 11, 1920). He landed on a wooded hillside of the valley at Krhov and stayed hanging on a parachute on a tree. There he was discovered by German soldiers guarding the nearby border who helped him get on the ground. Because of severe contusions of his right leg he could not move, they transported him on a motorbike with a sidecar through Bojkovice and Pitín to Slavičín. Due to the flat tyre they had to stop in Pitín to fix it. Local people tried to speak to Thompson but Germans didn´t allow to do so. After the repair they arrived to the German garissons in Slavicin. On August 30, 1944 Thompson and other airmen were transported from the garisson to the Brno hospital with an expected period of four weeks of treatment. Along with him there were also hospitalized Robert McCloskey, Francis Flynn, William Tune and Harold Helveston, all from another crews. From November 6, 1944, his name appears in the records of the interrogation center at Oberursel, Germany and a POW camp Stalag Luft I in Barth became his final destination till the end of the war.

Germans identified only three of the crewmembers – the flight engineer T/Sgt. Bumgardner, the ball turret gunner S/Sgt. Wagoner and the left waist gunner S/Sgt. Byam. Those were very probably the airmen who managed to bail out before the impact. Six other airmen the Germans were not able to identify. Their by the explosions and fire mutilated bodies were transported to the morque at Slavičín. There they were, along with other 19 airmen from another crash sites, buried into the mass grave on August 31, 1944. Several days later, during the removal of the wreckage, an identification card with photo and name 2 / Lt. Robert L. Embry Jr was found at the crash site…

On the afternoon after the battle Mr. Antonín Kašparec arrived to the crash site. He worked as a forced worker in the ammunition factory in Bojkovice. Among the damaged parts of the downed bomber he found a silver bracelet that had on its outer side engraved a name „James A. Weiler“ and and „Oct 1-1943, A-757348, C A“ on the inner side. He carefully hid the bracelet and after the war, in September 1945, attempted to contact the airman’s relatives through the US embassy in Prague in a hope to return the bracelet to the family. Although he received from the embassy a response with instructions as how to proceed he postponed his activities because of the language barrier. In 1965, a friend of Antonin Kašparec travelled to Canada. Antonin gave him a bracelet with a letter for the airman‘s family and asked him to arrange its shipment through the US consulate in Canada. In Canada, a friend of Mr. Kašparec asked for help Mr. Jožka Špelina, who worked for the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal. Mr. Špelina managed to get in touch with flyer’s family and hand over the bracelet and letter. From the following correspondence with airman‘s mother Nora Weiler and his brother Joseph N. Weiler, who were very pleased by this contact, it was explained that James A. Weiler (b. December 30, 1921) got the bracelet from his parents after finishing his pilot‘s training and recieving the Wings.

Between September 3 to 5, 1946 American soldiers exhumed the buried airmen. After the identification (where it was possible) they were buried in France and Belgium,and many of them were later transferred to the US. James Weiler, Frank Sulkey, Lonnie Bumgardner and George Dalcanale are now buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, section 84, grave 326 to 328, John Adair rests in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, section S, grave 133 and John Martin was laid to rest after the cremation into the family grave at Malton Cemetery, New York in 1951. The other three airmen rest at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold in France Robert Embry at the plot D, row 34, grave 35, Loren Byam at the plot A, row 12, grave 50 and Ernest Wagoner at the plot E, row 44, grave 29.

Shortly after the war, people of Krhov erected a wooden cross at the crash site with a table containing the names of nine fallen airmen. Many years later, in 1994, at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the battle, a new monument was unveiled at the same place.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber. The B-17 was designed in 1934 and the first prototype flew on 28 July 1935. Only a few were produced before the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, but production quickly ramped up thereafter. The first use of the B-17 was against Wilhelmshaven on 8 July 1941. The B-17 not only pounded enemy strategic targets, but also carried out the destruction of enemy fighter aircraft. Massed formations of B-17s downed hundreds of the fighters sent to oppose them, causing the loss of enemy planes and irreplaceable pilots.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress earned a reputation for toughness and versatility as the design of the B-17 went through eight major changes during its production history. The final version was the B-17G, designed to eliminate a weakness in head-on attacks by adding a chin turret with two .50 cal. machine guns under its nose. The B-17G was both new production and conversion of existing planes, for a total of 8,680 built.

The B-17 production history included manufacturing by Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed-Vega. During development and standardized production, model designations included:

Other versions were produced under similar model designations (xB-17y, for example RB-17G) for training, target, and specialized uses.


Ground crew of the 91st Bomb Group refuel a B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-G, serial number 42-5069) nicknamed "Our Gang", at Bassingbourn. Image stamped on reverse: '246365' [Censor no]. Passed for Publication 1 Feb 1943 [stamp]. Printed Caption on reverse: 'Some of the airmen from America who are taking part in the daily raids on enemy occupied territory and Germany, in their giant high altitude aircraft the "Flying Fortress" capable of carrying a 11,000 [censor has amended figure to 10,000] pound bomb load. Photo shows - A giant petrol wagon filling up engines of a Fortress. FOX Feb. 4.'

Pilot Lt James M Smith (right) and Co-Pilot Lt Fred N Dibble in the cockpit of B-17F 42-5069 'Our Gang' of 324BS, 91BG, 8th Air Force, Bassingbourn, England, United Kingdom, 15 June 43.

S/Sgt Jack Levine, [ East Nassau, NY ], top turret gunner of Boeing B-17 42-5069 "Our Gang" of the 324th Bomb Squadron, Bassingbourne, England, climbs into his gun position ready for the ships take off on another bombing mission. June 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12628-79387AC.

Major Haley Aycock [ Fort Worth, Texas ], commanding officer, has a final word with 1st Lt J M Smith [ Austin, Texas ], pilot of Boeing B-17 42-5069 "Our Gang" before the plane takes off on a bombing mission from Bassingbourne, England. 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A14122-79269AC.

T/Sgt Jack R Carlson, [ Rockford, Ill ], and Sgt Bernard Bedrock, [ New York City, NY ], waist gunners of 42-5096 "Our Gang" a Boeing B-17 of the 324th Bomb Squadron, Bassingbourne, England, give one of the guns a final check before taking off on a bombing mission. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12627-79386AC

Co-Pilot 2nd Lt F N Dibble,[ Bronxville, NY ] and 1st Lt J M Smith, [ Austin, Texas ] at the controls of "Our Gang" a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 324th Bomber Squadron, Bassingbourne, England, just before take-off on another bombing mission over enemy territory June 43. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12690-79383AC.

Sgt Bill M Lyon, [ Clearlake, Fla ], and S/Sgt John A Feairheller, [ Melrose Park, Pa ], members of the combat crew of the Boeing B-17 "Our Gang" of the 324th Bomb Squadron, Bassingbourne, England, install camera in the plane before taking off on a bombing mission. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A14239-79388AC.

1st Lt R F Brubaker [ Clearwater, Florida ], bombardier on the Boeing B-17 "Our Gang" and a member of the 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, is at his post operating the nose gun during a mission. Bassingbourne, England, 24 June 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12119-79271AC.

Cocker spaniel, "Skipper", mascot at a US Air Force bomber station in England, shown with his master, 1st Lt James M Smith of Austin, Texas both have over 200 Hours flying time. April 1943. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A11971-79023AC.

Two ground crewmen of the 91st Bomb Group work on the engines of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number42-5069). Passed for publication 1 Feb 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Some of the airmen from America who are taking part in the daily raids on enemy occupied territory and Germany, in their giant high altitude aircraft, the "Flying Fortress", capable of carrying a 10,000 pound bomb load.' Printed caption also attached: 'Photo shows - Crew working on engines of Fortress.' On reverse: US Army Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 246384.


Personnel of the 55th Royal Armoured Corps with a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Marina the II" of the 381st Bomb Group during a visit to Ridgewell, 1 September 1943. Not To Be Published 1 Sep 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'British Tank Men Visit "Flying Corps". Men of the 55th Royal Armour Corps, many of whom have fought in Libya with the 8th Army, were invited to an American aerodrome "somewhere in Britain" to see Flying Fortresses. Keystone Photo Shows:- The R.A.C. men crowd around a Flying Fortress which has had many raids to its credit, while a member of its air crew explains the machine to them. ABS/F.Keystone. 1,2,3,4,4a.' Censor no: 281607. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, Ministry of Information, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

Personnel of the 381st Bomb Group talk about their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Martha" to visiting British tank drivers of the 55th Royal Armoured Corps. A censor has obscured the gun inside the aircraft's nose cone. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed as censored 1 Sep 1943.' [stamp] and '281608.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'BRITISH TANK MEN VISIT "FLYING FORTS". Men of the 55th Royal Armoured Corps, many of whom have fought in Libya with the 8th Army, were invited to an American Aerodrome "somewhere in Britain" to see the Flying Fortresses. Keystone Photo shows:- The R.A.C. men crowd around a Flying Fortress which has had many raids to its credit, while a menber of its air crew explains the machine to them. ABS/F.Keystone. 1,2,3,4, 4A.'

A group of soldiers from the training regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps looks at the bombing mission markings on the Boeing B-17 'Martha II' Of The 381st Bomb Group during their visit to the USAAF base at Bovingdon, England. 29 August 1943. - B-17F 42-29761 "Martha the II" (VP-W 533rd BS, 381BG, 8AF. Completed 28 missions.

B-17F 42-29761 "Martha the II" (VP-W 533rd BS, 381BG, 8AF. Completed 28 missions.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group, flying through dense clouds while en route to bomb enemy installations somewhere in Europe. These Fortresses are stationed at an airbase in England. 42-37786 and 42-29761.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group, flying through dense clouds while en route to bomb enemy installations somewhere in Europe. These Fortresses are stationed at an airbase in England. 42-37786 and 42-29761.

2nd Lt. William H Johnson [ Decatur, MS ], stands by his Boeing B-17 'Martha II' after returning to his base in Essex, England from a mission. Lt. Johnson is bombardier on the plane. 15 December 1943.


In May of 1940, foreseeing American involvement in the war in Europe, President Roosevelt called for the production of 50,000 planes. In response to this authorization, four months later, the Materiel Division awarded contracts to Boeing for 512 B-17E's and to Consolidated for 408 B-24's. This was the opening of the Air Corps heavy bomber production.

The Boeing B-17E was an extensively modified and improved version of the basic B-17D design. The most obvious change was the redesigned tail with its distinctive vertical stabilizer and fairing. A tail gunner was added because combat experience showed the earlier models extremely vulnerable to attack from directly aft. The waist gunner windows were changed from teardrop to larger rectangular shaped windows. The ventral "bathtub" turret of the D model was initially replaced by a Bendix remote-controlled and remote-sighted belly turret. The Bendix turret was replaced by a Sperry ball turret starting with the 113th B-17E built. A Bendix turret also was added to the top forward fuselage just behind the cockpit.

A total of 512 B-17Es were built by Boeing in 1941 and 1942. The basic E model design was constantly being modified to incorporate needed improvements pointed out, in part, by combat crews whose lives depended on the aircraft.

The production was started without delay, the first B-17E served as a prototype. Although by this time the assembly lines of the companies Douglas and Vega were put into operation, they were not intended for the release of model E. The B-17E was first delivered to the combat units of the 7th AF in early February 1942 and these vehicles completed their the first combat raid on April 20 to the Andaman Islands. The attacks on the ships in the Philippines were carried out by parts of the 5th AF from Australia and the 7th AF from India about ten days later. B-17E were also active during the battles at Midway and in the Coral Sea. The first parts of the 8th AF arrived in England on 12.5.42 to "quarter" and prepare for a campaign of unscattered daily accurate bombing. Despite the warnings of the senior RAF commanders who had combat experience, the headquarters of the 8th AF began training. The first Army Air Force bombing mission in Europe was carried out by B-17Es of the 97th Bomb Group against the Rouen-Sotteville railroad marshalling yards in France on August 17, 1942. Twelve aircraft dealt a real blow, and the remaining six performed a distraction on the coast.

The subsequent strikes against coastal targets were in essence more military training flights than a serious attempt to damage the enemy, and did not greatly alarm Luftwaffe. The staff of the 8th AF became more cautious in their beliefs. On September 20, 1942, the famous General Jimmy Doolittle formed the nucleus of the 12th AF in England, and in early October the 97.99.301th and 2nd BG were transferred to the new unit. Type Number built/ converted Remarks B-17E 512 Improved B-17D Serial numbers: 41-2393 to 41-2669 and 41-9011 to 41-9245 Note: Boeing Model 299O SPECIFICATIONS: Span: 103 ft. 9 in. Length: 73 ft. 10 in. Height: 19 ft. 2 in. Weight: 51,000 lbs. gross weight (actual - normal load) Armament: One .30-cal. and eight .50-cal. machine guns and 4,200 lbs. of bombs Engines: Four Wright R-1820-65 turbo-supercharged radials of 1200 hp. each PERFORMANCE: Maximum speed: 317 mph at 25,000 ft. Cruising speed: 226 mph Service ceiling: 36,000 ft. Range: 3,200 miles (maximum ferry range)

World War Photos

B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9122 “Eager Beavers” of the 11th Bomb Group, 42nd BS on Guadalcanal 1942 Pilot chalks message on bomb as crewmen load B-17 B-17D and B-17E in flight 1942 ground crew loading 12,7 mm ammo in ball turret of Boeing B-17 England 1942
B-17F 41-24457 “The Aztec’s Curse” of the 31st Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bomb Group, leaving the target after a strike against Japanese shipping off Gizo Island, Solomon Islands – PTO 1942 B-17E Flying Fortress of the 97th BG, 342nd Bomb Squadron – crew prepares for mission August 1942 Crew with B-17E Flying Fortress “Chief Seattle” 41-2656 of the 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby Natives help B-17 crew forced down after Rabaul Raid
Crew of 92nd Bomb Group loading bombs on B-17F 41-9148 “Boomerang” B-17F’s of the 26th Bomb Squadron, 11th Bomb Group, enroute to raid on Buka airfield and Shortland Harbor on Bougainville Crew stands with B-17E “Tokyo Special” 1942 B-17F bombers – Boeing Factory Seattle 1942
B-17D Flying Fortress of the 19th Bomb Group being loaded with 100 and 500lb bombs 1942 Ground crew loading bombs on B-17E in Australia B-17E Flying Fortress in Australia, May 1942 US and Australian crew refuelling Boeing B-17E in Australia 1942
Crew loading 500 lb bombs on B-17E Flying Fortress in Australia 1942 Maintenance crew working on Boeing B-17F 41-24353 “Cap’n & The Kids” of the 63rd Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group, Australia 1943 Waist gunner mans .50 caliber (12,7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun on B-17C Flying Fortress Y1B-17A teardrop waist 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machine gun mount
Boeing B-17 waist gunners at their stations Waist gunners demonstrate flak jackets on Boeing B-17 Waist gunner mans M2 Browning machine gun aboard Boeing B-17 Waist gunner readying his .50 caliber (12,7 mm) machine gun aboard B-17 Flying Fortress
Damaged during mission to Oschersleben B-17G Flying Fortress 42-31178 “Buckeye Boomerang” of the 401st BS, 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn 1944 Damaged B-17G 43-37853 “Leading Lady” of the 452nd Bomb Group, 729th BS. 31 December 1944 Battle damaged B-17G 42-39867 “Hang the Expense III aka Boeing Belle” of 100th BG. 24 January 1944 Boeing B-17 385th Bomb Group damaged after Schweinfurt Raid 1943
Flak damaged Boeing B-17G 44-8811 of the 398th BG, 600th Bomb Squadron, April 1945 B-17G serial 42-107073 “Silver Shed House” from 452nd Bomb Group, 5 September 1944 Crash landed Boeing B-17G 42-107091 “Forbidden Fruit” of the 452nd Bomb Group, 728th BS – Deopham Green, May 1944 Battle damaged B-17G from 379th Bomb Group, June 1944
B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51Mustang code B3+W of the 363rd Fighter Group, 381st Fighter Squadron German B-17F “Wulfe Hound” DL+XC 41-24585 Boeing B-17G-50-BO “LITTLE KENNY” SO+O 42-102459, Dropping Bombs 384 Bomb Group 547 Bomb Squadron B-17F bombers 8AF 1943
captured B-17F Flying Fortress Crew and B-17G Bomber /> Boeing B-17G-35-DL 42-107083 BK-B of the 384th Bomb Group, 546th BS 1944 Crew and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Bomber
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 401 Bomb Group 615 BS “Little Boots” 42-31193 IY+B /> Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress of 384th Bomb Group with itsbomb doors open B-17F Flying Fortress Pacific B-17 Flying Fortress bombers formation 384th Bomb Group
Fortresses in flight: 384 Bomb Group 546 BS BK+J 42-107121 “Kentucky Colonel” 544 BS SU+A 43-38062 “Pleasure Bent” Cockpit of B-17 Flying Fortress PTO Y1B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber Prototype 1937 Boeing B-17F flying over Tunisia
B-17 Crew Nose Art “Honeysuckle Rose” /> B-17 Flying Fortress landing gear /> Boeing B-17F-80-BO Flying Fortress, of the 524th Bomb Squadron, 379ht Bomb Group 42-29772 1944 /> B-17 Flying Fortress tail
/> B-17 Flying Fortress of 384th Bomb Group 406 squadron NLS B-17 Flying Fortress Group Dropping Bomb On Germany Boeing B-17F-50-BO Flying Fortress Bomber 42-5368 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “EVE”
/> Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in flight Boeing SB-17G Flying Fortress – SAR variant Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress of the 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron, code BN+D. It’s carries group triangle C tail markings on the tail. B-17G bombers of the 452nd Bomb Group in flight
/> Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress of the 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron, 42-97597 April 1944 B-17F Flying Fortress 547th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group 42-5838, MAD MONEY II crew B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers 384th Bomb Group /> Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress on Mission 384th Bomb Group
B-17F Flying Fortress in flight 384th Bomb Group Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress bomber TRAIL BLAZER crew /> Crashed Boeing Y1B-17 Bomber Crew and B-17G Flying Fortress bomber 42-102661 “BIG DOG” of the 384th Bomb Group 544th Squadron
B-17 Bombers on Airfield RIDGEWELL England 1944 381st Bomb Group Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress of the 91st BG 324 Bomb Squadron, code DF+P Belgium Crash Landed 384th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress in Field /> Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress at airfield
B-17G-55-DL Flying Fortress 44-6591 “Incendiary Blonde” of the 91st BG, 322nd BS Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress Bomber “CAROL JANE” nose art /> Crashed B-17G 384 Bomb Group /> B-17G Flying Fortress of the 384th Bomb
B-17 Flying Fortress of the 486th Bomb Group /> Boeing B-17G-70-BO Flying Fortress 43-37844 of 91th BG. Nose Art “Yankee Gal”, Crew And Jeep B-17F Flying Fortress Bomber “LITTLE BILL” of the 97th Bombardment Group, 414th Bom Squadron Africa Boeing B-17G-70-BO Flying Fortress 384th Bomb Group 547th BS “PARKERSS MADHOUSE” 43-37990 SO+G
/> B-17 Flying Fortress Group Heading To Target B-17F Flying Fortress PTO /> B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers of 384th Bomb Group B-17G Bombers Dropping Bombs Thru Flak Bursts 384th Bomb Group
/> SAR Boeing SB-17G /> B-17G Flying Fortress bomber of 384th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress formation over countryside 384th Bomb Group Officer Gives Speech by B-17G of the 381st Bomb Group
Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress 41-24440 “I Got Spurs” 3rd Bomb Group 15th BS Crew and B-17G Flying Fortress Decorated 384th Bomb Group B-17 crew 1943 Boeing B-17G-80-BO Flying Fortress “Huckleberry Duck” of the 490th BG Dropping Bombs On Target
B-17G Flying Fortress 2nd Bomb Group Italy /> B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers of 384th Bomb Group B-17G Flying Fortress bomber “LADY” crew /> B-17 Flying Fortress of 490th Bomb Group Over Bielefeld Germany
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress B-17 Flying Fortress bombers flying over countryside 384 Bomb Group /> B-17 Flying Fortress 403 B-17F Flying Fortress “Shack Bunny” of the 385th Bomb Group, 551st Bomb Squadron
/> B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of 384th Bomb Group 2 /> B-17 Bombers of 384th Bomb Group /> B-17G Flying Fortress at airfield, 457th Bomb Group /> B-17G Bomber of 384th Bomb Group
Boeing B-17G-55-BO Flying Fortress 42-102554, of the 96th Bomb Group 338th Bomb Squadron, code BX+K, crashed near Amersfoort 1944 /> B-17G Flying Fortress “The PRO KID” of the 384th Bomb Group 545h Bomb Squadron Damaged B-17 Flying Fortress 8AF B-17 Flying Fortress Dropping Bombs In Heavy Cloud Cover 384th BG
B-17G Flying Fortress “Alfred” /> B-17G Flying Fortress Bombers of 384th Bomb Group /> B-17 Flying Fortress bomber B-17G Flying Fortress “Flak Dodger” 457th BG 750th BS 42-97075
/> B-17 Bomber Going Down 490th Bomb Group Monheim Germany B-17 Flying Fortress of the 94th Bomb Group 331st BS Gang Hole Gertie /> Boeing B-17G-40-BO Flying Fortress 42-97061 “General Ike” of the 91st BG, 401st BS /> Boeing B-17B
/> Boeing B-17G-1-BO Flying Fortress 384th Bomb Group, 545th BS 42-31048 in flight B-17F Flying Fortres “Slo Jo” Nose Art of the 385th Bomb Group, 550th Bomb Squadron 1943 /> B-17G-5-VE Flying Fortres of the 551st BS 385th Bomb Group, 1944 42-39951 B-17G-60-BO 42-102954 of the 457th Bombardment Group, 748 BS , Glatton 1944
/> 385th Bomb Group 549th Bomb Squadron crews and B-17G “Sky Chief” 1944 Radio Or Navigator In B-17 Flying Fortress Pacific /> Boeing B-17G-30-BO Fortress Damaged 42-31826 Italy B-17 Flying Fortress bombers formation 384th Bomb Group 2
/> B-17 Flying Fortres 447th Bomb Group 41-9086 B-17G 84th Bomb Group Over ORANIENBURG Germany Fortress B Mk III RAF B-17 B-17 Bomber crew
B-17G Flying Fortress bomber “TRAIL BLAZER” crew B-17 crew England ETO /> B-17G Flying Fortress 379th Bomb Group 8AF B-17F Flying Fortress nose art
B-17 Flying Fortress New Guinea B-17 Flying Fortress bombers squadron over Freckenhorst Germany 23 March 1944 Capt Jay Zeamer MOH crew 43rd BG by B-17E Flying Fortress 305th Bomb Group B-17F Flying Fortress fire at Chelveston England August 1943 airfield
B-17 Flying Fortress releasing bombs over Berlin 384th BG 22 March 1944 Crew and B-17G Flying Fortress bomber 384th Bomb Group B-17G bombers flying over coast 381st Bomb Group Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress crew returns from Frankfurt 1944
B-17 Flying Fortress nose art stork carrying bomb B-17 Flying Fortress bombers over Erkner Germany 6 March 1944 305th Bomb Group 364th BS B-17F Flying Fortress fire at Chelveston England August 1943 384th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress bombers formation
305th Bomb Group B-17F Fire at Chelveston England August 1943 right wing Wreck of 381st Bomb Group B-17G Flying Fortress England March 1944 305th Bomb Group Boeing B-17F-55-BO Fortress Fire at Chelveston England August 1943 42-29508 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers above the clouds over Germany 28 July 1944
US aircrew posed in front of their B-17F bomber B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and cameraman Boeing B-17G-30-BO Flying Fortress Bomber 42-31909 “Nine ‘O Nine” of the 91st Bomb Group 329th BS 385th Bomb Group B-17F Flying Fortress bomber in flight 1943
305th Bomb Group B-17F Fire at Chelveston England August 1943 B-17G Flying Fortress bombers of the 384th Bomb Group, code BK+J (42-107121, 546 squadron) and SU-A (544 squadron). B-17G Flying Fortress #2783 and crew B-17 42-31540 Flying Fortress Miss Donna Mae II of 94th BG, 331st BS downed by friendly bombs
B-17F bombers in flight 384 Bomb Group RCAF Fortress IIA 9203 B-17F Flying Fortress B-17F Flying Fortress on airfield Crew posed in front of their B-17 Bomber
B-17G Flying Fortress 43-37555 from 390th Bomb Group Nose Art “The Jeannie Bee” Boeing B-17G-20-BO Flying Fortress 42-31614 of the 381st BG, 533rd BS, nose art “Minnie the Mermaid” Boeing B-17G-15-DL Fortress 42-37806 “Starks Ark” of the 390th Bomb Group 571st BS Nose Art and Crew Photo Boeing B-17F-70-BO Flying Fortress 42-29768 of the 384th Bomb Group 547th BS, “WINSOME WINN II” England 1943
B-17G-45-VE Flying Fortress 44-8007, code JD-Z of the 384th Bomb Group 545th bomb squadron “SCREAMING EAGLE” B-17F Flying Fortress in flight 384th Bomb Group B-17G Flying Fortress of 384th Bomb Group B-17G of 91st Bomb Group 324th Bomb Squadron heavy flak damage
Boeing B-17G-35-BO Flying Fortress 42-32076 “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby” of the 91st Bomb Group 401st BS Boeing B-17F-27-BO Flying Fortress 41-24605 303rd Bomb Group 359th BS “Knock Out Dropper” Molesworth England 1943 Mechanic servicing top turret on B-17 bomber B-17G Flying Fortress of the 490th Bomb Group, 851st bomb Squadron. “Carolina Moon” nose art
Boeing B-17F-65-BO Flying Fortress 42-29728 “El Rauncho” of the 384th Bomb Group 544th BS. 17 August 1943 after Schweinfurt raid. B-17E Flying Fortress american heavy bomber B-17C Flying Fortress destroyed at Pearl Harbor 1941 B-17F landing 384th Bomb Group
B-17 5th Air Force in Australia 1942 43 B-17F-75-DL Flying Fortress 42-3555 of 8th Air Force 388th Bomb Group 560th BS. Nose Art “Tiger Girl” Shark mouth. B-17 Flying Fortress Jack the Ripper B-17 Flying Fortress used in training
B-17 0695 used in training B-17G-50-DL 44-6379 of the 2nd Bomb Group, 96th BS 1944 Mechanics changing tail wheel on B-17 Bomber 385th Bomb Group B-17F bombers in flight 384th Bomb Group
B-17F in flight 384th Bomb Group B-17G Flying Fortress carrying flying bombs B-17 of the 490th BG and Flak over Target Boeing B-17F-20-BO Flying Fortress 41-24529 Crashed in Field, 384th Bomb Group 546th BS. October 1943
Boeing B-17G-75-BO 43-38072 of the 490th BG, 850th Bomb Squadron Boeing B-17F-115-BO Flying Fortress 42-30631 with chin turret Boeing B-17F-30-VE of the 100th Bomb Group, 350 BS “Alice from Dallas” 42-5867 Warnemunde raid 29 July 1943 Mechanic servicing engine on B-17 Bomber
B-17G Flying Fortress carrying Loon flying bombs 43-39119 B-17G Flying Fortress of the 490th bomb group, 850th Bomb Squadron, 42-98017, dropping bombs on target USAAF crew posed in front of their B-17G Bomber

One of the most famous bombers of all time, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).
Powerplant: four Wright Cyclone R-1820 turbosupercharged radial engines. Total production: 12731 aircrafts.

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