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B-17 photos

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Nov 29, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    B-17 Photos

    (Disclaimer - Not my photos.)
     
  2. rpeerless

    rpeerless Well-Known Member

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    Terrific photos...and captions. Thanks for sharing:).
     
  3. GBatch_25

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    Brian:
    Ditto to rpeerless's Remarks.

    Gene Batchelar
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  4. blade819

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    BIO...very nice. I'll bet she was loud!

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  5. ccw1911

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    Thanks for the pics Brian, B17 is one of my favorite airplanes.

    I've put up a link that has some intersting info about the B17, the first couple of paragraphs here, makes you think about how brave our guys were and are.

    Statistics published by the Army Air Forces tell a dramatic story about the air war against Germany. During the course of the war, 1,693,565 sorties were flown by 32,263 combat aircraft.! 14a

    Incredibly Fifty-five percent of these 32,263 aircraft were lost in action while 29,916 enemy aircraft were destroyed. On the human side, there were 94,565 American air combat casualties with 30,099 killed in action. 51,106 American airmen were either missing in action, POWs, evaders, or internees. 14a


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  6. timb99

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    Thanks Brian. I appreciate you sharing.
     
  7. Sky Buster

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    Great Pic's!
     
  8. JerryP

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    I knew a B17 waistgunner, "Hell's Belle". He was shot down over Belgium, crashed landed in a beet field and taken prisoner. terrifying stories. I asked about shooting at fighter planes, "you couldn't hit those things". Most didn't last long enough to get experience. Heros, everyone of em. The story is told in the book " A Tail Gunner's Tale"
     
  9. over the hill

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    A few years back a B17....Sentimental Journey....from the Commerative Air Force in Az. flew in Don Scott in Cols, Ohio.(OSU Airport)

    Some years before that it was at the Fairfield Co. Airport, Lancaster, Oh.

    You shot at the gun club (Airport) and looked right at it.

    Exiting to see it take off and land.

    They also had or have a B25 that works occasionally.



    Regards....Gerald
     
  10. sliverbulletexpress

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    Great pictures Brian, yours too ccw1911 awful how many men we lost.
     
  11. timb99

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    Here's another good site.

    This was the group my dad was in. 751st Squadron.

    Have a look at the mission number 143 on 2 November 1944. That's the one Dad got shot down on, in an aircraft named "Paper Doll." I'm lucky to exist.
     
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