Little LuLu made over 60 missions into Germany during World War II. B-17 bomber (AF-Serial 42-39963 Little Lulu) was hit by an air defense cannon north of Berlin from the ground, still flew toward the south and crashed between 11.00 and 11.15 o'clock on this 5 December 1944 in the Kindelforest. (KU-report 3444). From the crew of nine only the navigator Samuel J. Culbert and the bomb contactor Arthur G. Dealy survived.
The B-17 was famous for the amount of damage it could sustain. The "Belle of Liberty" Lockheed/Vega B-17G-15-VE s/n 42-97479 327th BS, 92nd BG, US 8th AF. Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. This aircraft was repaired and went back into service.
The plotted route for US 8th Air Force mission on 3 March 1944, out over the North Sea, crossing the coast at Hamburg, with a long trek back over over occupied Europe. From US 306th Bomb Group mission report. Mission recalled due to heavy weather and dense contrails.
Strike photo of Regensburg, Germany after air raid by the US Eighth Air Force (based in England) and the US Fifteenth Air Force (based in Italy) during "Big Week," February 1944. This was the first time the 8th and the 15th bombed the same target on the same day. (USAF photo)
On Feb. 20, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Argument (“Big Week”), an aerial attack on German industry; RAF bombers flew 2300 sorties, the US Eighth Air Force flew 3300 from England, and the US Fifteenth Air Force flew 500 from Italy. (USAF map)
CLARK GABLE serving as an gunner during in WWII. He signed up for duty following the tragic death of his wife Carole Lombard, who was on a war bond tour when her plane crashed. The grief-striken Gable served with a bomber squad in Europe. Due to his fame and heroism, Hitler put a bounty on Gable's head.
A briefing of P-47 pilots of the 56th Fighter Group at their base at Halesworth, England. Seated third from the left in the fourth row is fighter ace Bob Johnson. Johnson was the first USAAF fighter pilot in the European theater to surpass Eddie Rickenbacker's WWI score of 26 victories. He finished his combat tour with 27 kills.