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24-foot self-righting rescue motor launch dropped from an RAF Hudson rescue aircraft to the crew of a US B-17 Fortress that ditched in the North Sea, 26 July 1943. (US National Archives)

B-17E formation aircraft of the 379th Bomber Group of the US 525th Bomber Squadron, RAF Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, 24 July 1944. The bright stripes aided in assembling the squadron's bombers. (US Air Force photo)

B-17 bombers of the US Eighth Air Force releasing bombs over the target in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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B-17 bombers of the US Eighth Air Force encounter heavy flak over the target area during a mission to Germany.

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B-17 Flying fortress heavy bombers of the US Eighth Air Force in flight above the clouds over Nazi-occupied Europe.

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B-17 bombers taxi before takeoff at RAF Molesworth (USAAF Station 107), Cambridgeshire, home of the 303rd BG from late 1942 until after VE Day in May 1945.

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Typical pilots, navigators, bombardiers, gunners and radio operators at an 8th Air Force base somewhere in England.

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Lead Pilot in 8th Air Force giving bombardiers “pointers” on landmarks.

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American film star Clark Gable at the waist gun position of his Flying Fortress, on an airfield somewhere in England on June 5, 1943, talking to Sergeant Gunner Kenneth Hulse, left, and Sergeant Gunner Philip Hulse. ( AP photo )

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Major Jimmy Stewart talks over the final details of a mission with flyers about to take off. England, April 19, 1944.

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B-17 of US 94th Bomb Group drops supplies to French Resistance in Vercors region of France on Bastille Day, 14 July 1944. (USAAF photo)

Today in World War II History—July 14, 1944

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Flight Officer, member of a B-17G crew, wears a second pattern Packet, First Aid, Parachute, Item No. 9778500, tied to his QAC Parachute Harness. Picture taken somwhere in England, May 1944. Source: US National Archives med-dept.com/...

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Princess Elizabeth with B-17G Rose of York of the US 306th Bomb Group, Thurleigh, England (US Army Air Forces photo). On 6 July 1944, King George & Princess Elizabeth visited Thurleigh and christened the B-17 in honor of the princess's 18th birthday.

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B-17's at Rougham, Bury St. Edmunds- Home of the 94th Bomb Group of the 8th USAAF during WWII

Lt. Floyd Cole is pictured in his uniform wearing his parachute just before climbing aboard the B-17 bomber he piloted on 30 combat missions over German occupied Europe during World War II as part of the American 8th Air Force. Photo provided. 452nd BG Deopham, Norfolk

French Maquis receiving supplies from US B-17s (US Air Force photo). On June 25, 1944, US Eighth Air Force B-17s flew their first mission to drop supplies and arms to French resistance fighters.

Today in World War II History—June 25, 1944

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US Eighth Air Force B-17 coming in to land at RAF Deopham Green, Norfolk. Circa 1944.

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Charles Leja, 452nd Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group. (RAF Deopham)

Charles Leja, 452nd Bomb Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group.

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On June 23, 1944, the US Eighth Air Force established Project Aphrodite, which would attempt to use remote control to guide unmanned, war-weary planes loaded with bombs at targets. (US Army Air Force photo)

Today in World War II History—June 23, 1944

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B-17s of the 401st BG at RAF Deenethorpe, England. This photograph was taken on a snowy winter’s day, 12 January 1945.

Capt. Vincent B. Evans, bombardier. Capt. Charles B. Leighton, navigator Technical Sgt. Robert J. Hanson, radio operator of the Memphis Belle.

Staff Sgt. John P. Quinlan, tail gunner of the ‘Memphis Belle’, holds the lucky horseshoe, which accompanied him on all 25 missions.

Maintaining Sperry ventral ball turret on a B-17 Flying Fortress

401st Bomb Group B-17G Belly Landed in England, October 29 1944