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Flak took nose off this B-17 over Cologne, killing a crewman but pilot nursed it back to England

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While flying over Italy, this B-17 had most of her tail shot away.  Still, the pilot managed to get her home.  When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream.  Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.  Once on the ground, the greatest threat was not German or Italian soldiers, who usually took them prisoner, but scared or angry peasants who had been told that Brits and Yanks were savage murderous rapists who should be killed on…

While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.

Boeing B-17G B-17G 43-38172 of the 8th AF 398th BG 601st BS which was damaged on a bombing mission over Cologne, Germany, on 15 October 1944; the bombardier was killed.

Boeing of the AF BG BS which was damaged on a bombing mission over Cologne, Germany, on 15 October the bombardier was killed.

The Pan American Clipper helped make worldwide air travel possible.

Pan American Airways Boeing 314 Clipper at Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Spitfire pilot Lettice Curtis during World War II. The civilian Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots, which included female flyers known as Spitfire women, delivered more than 300,000 aircraft to frontline airfields.

Women ferry pilots ATA 1940-1945 Little Tiger Moth biplane to massive Stirling Bomber. Anything to anywhere.

Spitfire pilot Lettice Curtis during World War II. The civilian Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots, which included female flyers known as Spitfire women, delivered more than aircraft to frontline airfields.

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'Hellcat' flown by Ens. Ives crash lands on the USS Lexington, Feb. (Ives survived the crash but died in a dogfight in May

Incredible colour pictures show the young American fighter pilots who risked their lives to defend Britain in World War Two

Thunderbolts from the blue! Incredible colour pictures show the young American fighter pilots who risked their lives to defend Britain in World War Two

Thunderbolts from the blue! Incredible colour pictures show the young American fighter pilots who risked their lives to defend Britain in World War Two / Heroes: Two pilots in front of a at their Halesworth base ahead of the Second World War

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