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jdvq35 The #B17FlyingFortress #worldwartwo game changer. Outside of my school today.#B17 #bomber #meow 19h

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furiouslyfit The family and I hit up one of our local #Savannah treasures today, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force! #Georgia #WWII #ArmyAirForce #history #family #familytime #B17FlyingFortress 4d

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jwhatx A #B17flyingfortress propeller found near #porteletharbour in #guernsey thought to have been shot down by the Germans in 1944 4d

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dailyaircraft B-17 Flying Fortress | The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

#b17flyingfortress #plane #helicopter #jet #boeing #tagsforlikes
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theworldwars B-17s of the U.S. 8th Air Force pass through heavy German flak during a raid on Berlin, March 6, 1944. Raids deep into Germany, and especially Berlin, were very dangerous as German defenses were very strong because Hitler was determined to defend the heart of the Reich at all costs.
#WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WorldWarTwo #WWII #WW2 #WWTwo #SecondWorldWar #EuropeanTheater #WarInEurope #TheAirWar #USAAF #USAAC #UnitedStatesArmyAirForce #UnitedStatesAirForce #USAirForce #8thAirForce #TheMightyEighth #B17 #B17FlyingFortress #FlyingFortress #Boeing #HeavyBomber #Bomber #BombingRaid #Berlin #Germany #NaziGermany #ThirdReich #Flak
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  •   fa5_blake I've read about that @theworldwars 2w
  •   theworldwars @fa5_blake Same here; but I had always thought that the B-17 was the Memphis Belle, which is famous for completing all 25 of its missions. It really frustrates me that I do not know the name of the B-17 with the ball-turret gunner incident 2w
  •   joash_aka_ghost Guys it took guts been in that ball turret, think about it those guys had no parachutes, they were really cramped, and they were the main targets (except for the tail gunners) 2w
  •   maggott_aj @maps53 @wyattsav @hiteclou @eviltwin76 grandpa Jim's B-17 could be in that bunch. Aug 6, 1944 his B-17 ditched in the North Sea after bombing Berlin and became a POW. @puzzlingalong 2w
  •   maggott_aj @puzzlingalong my father-in-law was in this raid to Berlin on Aug 6, 1944 and after bombing Berlin, his plane was ditched in the North Sea and became a POW. His website is jamesetheiss.com 2w
  •   puzzlingalong @maggott_aj incredible so glad he made it. and had a beautiful family. 1w

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theworldwars B-17's of the 384th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force on a bombing run over Bremen, Germany, November 13, 1943. The thick clouds going on for miles and miles in every direction look like a soft layer of cotton in the sky.
#WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WorldWarTwo #WWII #WW2 #WWTwo #SecondWorldWar #TheAirWar #AirWar #B17 #FlyingFortress #B17FlyingFortress #384thBombGroup #8thAirForce #HeavyBomber #Bombers #BombingRun #Bremen #Germany #NaziGermany #ThridReich #Europe #ThickClouds #CloudCover #Clouds #SoftCotton #November #1943
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  •   jordanhardy44 That is cool as fuck 2w
  •   theworldwars @jordanhardy44 yeah it is. It goes on even farther, but due to Instagram's picture limitations and how it crops most of the picture away, this is what you get. 2w
  •   ocpapa @jordanhardy44 .. These Bombarders weren't doing "Cool" as Fuck things.. They were Hero's who risked everything time & time again. My Pop flew 58 Missions.. Not once did he think it was Cool.. Not disrespecting your comment.. Just Say'n.. The Cloud cover was their best friend when they went out in Missions.. Enjoy these awesome photos .. 2w
  •   theworldwars @ocpapa I think he meant the thick layer of clouds is "cool as fuck".... 2w

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lexification03 Could you imagine just flying over Nazi Germany in a gunner turret? Fully exposed? Me either. #osh2014 #B17FlyingFortress 3w

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theworldwars B-17's of the 1st Bomb Wing over Schweinfurt, Germany, August 17, 1943. The Regensburg-Schweinfurt mission was a bombing raid conducted by two large forces of B-17s of the U.S. 8th Air Force, one heading for Regensburg, Germany and the other for Schweinfurt, Germany. The objective of the raid was to cripple the German aircraft industry by destroying key factories. The factories were Messerschmitt Bf-109 plants in Regensburg and ball-bearing factories in Schweinfurt. The 8th Air Force decided to attack two targets so that they could split the number of air defenses in half, which meant both forces would face lesser resistance. The 4th Bombardment Wing's targets were the Bf-109 plants and the 1st Bombardment Wing's targets were the ball-bearing factories. Prior to takeoff, extreme fog delayed both groups for several hours. Eventually, command had no other choice than to send one group off, fearing that waiting any longer would compromise the mission. The Regensburg group took off while the Schweinfurt group continued to wait. They eventually took off, but by that time it was too late. Both forces would face the full might of the Luftwaffe. The Germans would attack the first force, refuel and rearm, and then attack the second force in full strength. The mission was a disaster but somewhat of a success. The 100th Bomb Group, part of the Regensburg team, lost nine B-17s. Though the targets had been destroyed for the most part, a total of 60 B-17's were lost out of both forces during that one mission, more than double the number of the previous highest loss. Side note: This mission is featured in "WWII in HD: The Air War", which focuses on the men of the 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force.
#WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WorldWarTwo #WWII #WW2 #WWTwo #SecondWorldWar #TheAirWar #B17 #FlyingFortress #B17FlyingFortress #8thAirForce #Regensburg #Schweinfurt #Germany #100thBombGroup
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theworldwars Amid the death and destruction of the Second World War comes one of the most chilling and emotional stories of the air campaign in Europe. On May 19, 1944, B-17G bombers of the 331st BS, 94th BG were on a mission over Berlin, Germany when disaster struck. As the bombers were dropping their loads, a B-17 named "Miss Donna Mae II veered off course from the combat box directly under another B-17 currently dropping its load. A few bombs from the B-17 struck Miss Donna Mae II, breaking off her port horizontal stabilizer, causing her to go into a steep nose dive. 303rd BG pilot Richard Riley Johnson explains, " Directly below us in the path of our falling bombs was a B-17 out of position. Later pictures show a B-17 having his left stabilizer shorn off by a five hundred-pound bomb dropped from above. The plane went into a steep dive, out of control, and was lost. As mentioned before, the bombs had to fall about five hundred feet or more before the protective vane spun off to leave the bomb armed." All crew were lost. I personally had never known about this incident until a month ago. It truly shows how dangerous it was to be a bomber pilot and crew member during World War II. #WorldWarII #WorldWar2 #WorldWarTwo #WWII #WW2 #SecondWorldWar #B17 #MissDonnaMaeII #Germany #UnitedStates #US #USA #Bomber #Bombs #Tragedy #Accident #AirForce #Allies #Axis #May #1944 #May1944 #Europe #AirWar #EighthAirForce #8thAirForce #America #FlyingFortress #B17FlyingFortress #USAAF 4w
  •   mosamanialp During that time Bombers were notoriously inaccurate, this is why it took a lot more bombs to destroy a single target say for example a bridge. This is why such accidents happen, they were all concentrating their fire on a single target. A single F-15E today can do the job of 24 (I think can't remember the exact number) B-17 bombers of the WWII era in a single sortie. 4w
  •   maggott_aj My father-in-law was in the 94th heavy bomber group, 331st squadron. jamesetheiss.com is a web page made in honor of him. 3w
  •   theworldwars @maggott_aj awesome! I'll go check it out! If he's still with us, please give him my thanks for him serving! 3w
  •   maggott_aj His B17 was ditched in the North Sea after bombing Berlin and he and his crew were captured by the Germans on Aug 6, 1944. He was a POW until April 27, 1945. He passed on Feb 8 1990. 3w
  •   theworldwars @maggott_aj I see. He must've had a lot of guys to climb into a B-17. Wasn't the most fun of jobs during the war 3w

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