An airman of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, 8th AF admires a pin-up painted on the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress LG-D, 44-6578 "Rusty Dusty". Suffered major damage in a taxying accident at Bassingbourn AAF 121 its home base, 04/04/45, pilot Joseph J Troccoli. AAM
Bomber B-17G-25-DL Sweet Pea (serial number 42-38078) 429 Squadron 2nd Bomb Group of the 15th Air Army US Air Force received a direct hit flak during a raid on the Hungarian city of Debrecen 21/09/1944 . Despite the critical damage the pilot Guy Miller (Guy M. Miller) was able to hold on to the airfield Amendola car in Italy.
Bomber “box” formations allowed guns in each aircraft to protect vulnerable blind spots on the other airplanes in the group. The formation was vital for defense. Assembly Ships were older aircraft, usually having completed their schedule of active sorties, which were painted in bright colors and patterns to be highly visible. As bombers launched from their many fields they would line up behind these Assembly Ships to create their formations. (Consolidated-B-24 Liberator)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (K.297976.D) "A Bit ò Lace" - 117th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, basato a Rattlesden. Una delle fortezze volanti col maggior numero di missioni della guerra.