the B-17 HEROES Of woRLD War II

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October 18, 1944 – Massive Bombing Mission of Berlin.

Berlin was bombed 363 times during World War 2. On October 18, 1944, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) conducted a major bombing raid on Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany. This raid is considered one of the biggest wartime raids on Hitler’s capital. During the mission, a large armada of American bombers encountered German flak (anti-aircraft fire), which

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80 Years Ago: Black Thursday -The Schweinfurt Bombing Mission

On october 14, 1943 a massive bombing mission took place that would have a lasting impact on future missions during World War 2. This mission, known as the “Second Raid on Schweinfurt” or “Black Thursday,” is considered one of the most devastating and costly air battles of World War II for the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Schweinfurt was

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October 9, 1942: Lille

On October 9, 1942, the 1st Bomb Wing of the United States’ Eighth Air Force conducted a bombing mission against the steel and engineering works at Lille, France. Codenamed “Mission 18”, it set several precedents for future airborne campaigns and marked a vital turning point for the American Armed Forces. The impetus for the mission was the strategic need to

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B-17 On Display or Airworthy

B-17G Starduster is on Static display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA
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Preston's Pride
B-17G Preston's Pride is on static display at Mefford Field in Tulare, CA
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Memphis Belle
B-17F Memphis Belle is on static display at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH
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Boeing Bee
B-17F is on static display at Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA - Photo: Ian Abbott
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The Pink Lady
B-17G is airworthy but currently in storage at Cerny-La Ferté Alais, France. Photo: Andy Leonard
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I'll Be Around
B-17G I'll Be Around is on static display at the 390th Memorial Museum, part of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ.
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Homesick Angel
B-17F is on static display at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. Photo:
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Movie Memphis Belle
B-17F Movie Memphis Belle is airworthy at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York - Photo: Larry Lamb
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City of Savannah
B-17 City of Savannah is on static display at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, GA.
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Sentimental Journey
B-17G Sentimental Journey is airworthy at CAF Arizona Wing, Mesa, AZ. Photo: Mark Holloway
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Miss Angela
B-17G Miss Angela is airworthy and based at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA. Photo: Lecody, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Yankee Lady
B-17G Yankee Lady is airworthy and based at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville. MI. Photo: Mr.Z-man, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Fuddy Duddy
B-17G Fuddy Duddy is on static display at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, CA.
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Short Bier
B-17G Short Bier is on static display at Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB in Ogden, UT. Image credit: Road Travel America, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.
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Virgin's Delight
B-17G Virgin's Delight is on static dislay at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA. Image credit: Nehrams2020, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Heaven's Above
B-17G Heaven's Above is on static display at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
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Testimonials captured on video are priceless. This space is reserved for those who served and lived to tell about it.

Here you’ll find videos I found on the web. You can find many precious interviews on the WW2 Veterans History Project YouTube channel.