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WWI: Illustration of Flying Fortress over the English Channel

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  1. richard6828

    richard6828 (21 May 2008)

    I think the flying fort was weapon of WWII, not WWI
  2. 1SSF

    1SSF (13 Aug 2015)

    This artwork depicts “Sons of Fury”, a B-17F (41-244703) from the 369thBS, 306th BG. Caught by enemy fighters during the 03 January 1943 mission to the submarine pens at St Nazaire, France, the bomber was forced from formation. Aboard the bomber was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Arizona T. Harris. A tailgunner from another B-17 witnessed the following events. The damaged aircraft made a perfect water landing off the coast of the Brest peninsula. Enemy fighters attacked the helpless crew in the water. As the Fortress sank in the sea Arizona Harris – manning the top turret – continued to fire at the attacking fighters to save his crew. His twin guns were firing as the waves closed over the top of the turret. All ten crewmen perished. Arizona Harris received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

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