'The Long Fall' - March 9, 1944. An otherwise undamaged B-17 that lost its tail to a friendly bomb plummets 20,000 feet, the crew trapped inside by a rapid, uncontrollable flat spin. [1454x877] - Imgur
The B-17 Flying Fortress was famous for its durability. This B-17, Hang the Expense, of the 100th Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flak over Ostend on an aborted mission to Frankfurt, Germany, 24 January 1944. The tail gunner, Roy Urick, was blown out - but survived and was taken prisoner. Pilot, Frank Valesh, and co-pilot ,John Booth, miraculously flew the badly damaged B-17 back to England and put down safely at Eastchurch.