'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.
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 3, 2013) Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the ship prepares to enter Pearl Harbor. Nimitz is in Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port visit during their transit home after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric M. Butler/Released)