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Aircraft and ground crew of Boeing B-17F-25-BO Fortress "Hell's Angels" (41-24577) of the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303d Bomb Group, RAF Molesworth. This was the first B-17 aircraft to complete 25 combat missions in the 8th Air Force, on 13 May 1943. After completing 48 missions, the aircraft returned to the U.S. on 20 January 1944, for a publicity tour.

Flying Tigers: The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pi...

Battle of Britain - Heinkel 111, August 1940. Though criticised for lack of firepower compared to the cannon armed Bf 109, the Hurricane / Spitfire could still do an extraordinary amount of damage with 8 x .303 machine guns.

WWII planes were TOUGH pieces of equipment. one P-47 made it home with 10,000+ bullet holes, about 30 in every square foot. - Imgur

Boeing B-17G-70-BO Flying Fortress, "Button Nose," Serial number 43-37704 of 535th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group, 1st Air Division, 8th Air Force This aircraft was lost on August 8,1944 during a ground support mission to Cauvicourt,France. She was damaged by AAA and set on fire, crash-landing near the British lines close to Caen. The entire crew returned to base at Ridgewell, England safely the next day. — com Hugo E Pancheri e Thomas E. Barnicle.