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h.c.webster A very beautiful old lady. #DuxfordAirShows #b17flyingfortress #sallyb 1d

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theworldwars A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force flies low during a demonstration at Bassingbourn, England in 1943. 1d

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theworldwars American film star Clark Gable poses with the waist gun of a B-17 in the United States on June 6, 1943.
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Gable signed up for the USAAF in 1942 following the death of his wife, Carole Lombard, in a plane crash on January 16, 1942 in Indiana. Gable was assigned to the 351st Bombardment Group. He flew a total of five combat missions over Europe as an observer on B-17s. In 1944, Gable was overage for combat and requested a discharge, which he was granted. He was discharged on June 12, 1944. His discharge papers were signed by future U.S. President Ronald Reagan, then a Captain.
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Adolf Hitler's favorite actor was Gable, and the Führer offered a hefty reward for the safe capture of the American actor to him.
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theworldwars B-17s over Linz, Austria on January 18, 1945. 4d

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theworldwars Upon taking a direct hit from German flak over a rail yard in Serbia, a B-17 plummets to Earth with its right wing in flaming shambles, date unknown. 4d

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7score10years 72 years ago today the crew of the Memphis Belle become the first B-17 crew to complete 25 missions over Europe on May 17, 1943. #b17flyingfortress 1w

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  •   greg_turovsky @a.j.d1995 I like b25 its very fast and good for low bombing and good when we assault its good for bunker and defence 1w
  •   a.j.d1995 @greg_turovsky B-25 is good but plays a different role as it is only a medium bomber. B-17 and Lancaster were both brilliant for high altitude heavy bombing. I think the Lancaster had a slightly heavier bomb capacity, which is why it could carry the 22,000lb grand slam bomb which destroyed the Tirpitz 1w
  •   greg_turovsky @a.j.d1995 the b17 had way more guns and better protection for the crew so less got shit down meaning more bombs on target and more men back home 1w
  •   a.j.d1995 I thought the B-17 only had one more gun but fired a higher calibre which was more effective against fighters, but it was effectively irrelevant when comparing the two because the Lancaster was a night bomber and didn't need the protection as much as the B-17 which flew day time sorties @greg_turovsky 1w
  •   greg_turovsky @a.j.d1995 we are comparing planes not flight times and the b17 is a better plane due to the fact it has a slightly lower bombload but it has a lot more armor and could take many hits before going down and when it does the crew has a high chance of surviving when bailing and this isn't the plane but the pilots were more equipped with weapons that they can use when they land but the plane can take a lot more hits and more planes can survive 1w
  •   a.j.d1995 @greg_turovsky I agree with what you're saying about the armour and guns, but in terms of bombing effectiveness, the Lancaster didn't need the guns and armour as much, but could drop more bombs, so as a plane in general maybe the B-17 is better, but in a bombing role surely it would be the Lanc? 1w
  •   greg_turovsky @a.j.d1995 well if there was no resistance than the lanc but also the Americans had a very effective bombing sight that no other country could compare but lanc carriers heavier load 1w
  •   callsign_magnum @a.j.d1995 @greg_turovsky B-17s are great and u prefer them over any other heavy bombers but lancasters were more effective if not the most efficient bomber of the war 1w

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turtle6g One of the best air rides I have ever had. #B17FlyingFortress
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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blackanchorsociety The #B24Liberator is back in action flying over Orange County and the near coastal areas keep a look out the next couple of days.
Also look for the #B17FlyingFortress and the #P51MustangFighter
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