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Courageous WWII Bomber Crews. All Heroes!

moi aussi j'en veux un comme ca, habille pareil. Sympa le nom de l'avion...

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B-17 Pilot's compartment -- to think this is where my grandfather sat and flew over enemy territory while under attack just blows my mind!

magnificent B-17. There were occasions where on returning to their bases the cloud cover was so dense and low that it was almost impossible to land. Navigation was so poor without visual bearings. There were instances where the pilot would order the crew to bail out before he eased the plane down through the cloud. Sometimes they were still over the sea ! rjp

WWII Poster, 17-0641a, via Flickr.

US Bomber Crewman in flak jacket and electric heated clothing to survive the extreme cold at high altitudes

B17 (My Uncle was an engineer on one of these planes. Shot down. hid, POW, freed -camp saved-sent to a "butterball" US hospital camp to recover from near starvation. {butterball may be a term our family used??} He made it home! I am getting correct info. and will repin then. He lived into his early 90's. NEVER used derogatory terms about the then enemy. A real gentleman. More asap K)

"I'll Get Bye" B-17G-55-BO Flying Fortress s/n 42-102700 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Shot down on August 2,1944, all but three crewmembers were killed. Plane was hit in the wing by flak, knocking off the wing tip. The plane veered to left and caught fire, then exploded. They were flying as deputy lead crew for this mission

Leather jacket worn by the crew members of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Belle O the Brawl' of the 401st Bomb Group. Photograph, 1944.