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Fortress England
The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" is a  World War II bomber used primarily in  Europe. B-17s from the Eighth Air Force  participated in countless missions from  bases in England. These missions often  lasted for more than eight hours and struck  at targets deep within enemy territory.  Because of their long-range capability,  formations of B-17s often flew into battle  with no fighter escort, relying on their own  defensive capabilities to insure a  successful mission.  The B-17 received the name "Flying  Fortress" from a Seattle reporter who  commented on its defensive firepower. The  final B-17 production model, the B-17G,  was produced in large quantities (8,680)  and is considered the definitive "Flying  Fort." With 13 .50-caliber machine guns --  chin, top, ball and tail turrets; waist and  cheek guns -- the B-17G was indeed an  airplane that earned the respect of its  combatants. In addition, air crews liked the  B-17 for its ability to withstand heavy  combat damage and still return its crew  safely home. A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943  between a B-17 and a German fighter over  the Tunis dock area became the subject of  one of the most famous photographs of  World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a  97th Bomb
The B-17 Flying Fortress
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 Group formation went out of control,  probably with a wounded or dead pilot.  It crashed into the lead aircraft of the  flight, ripped a wing off the Fortress,  and caused it to crash. The enemy  fighter then continued its crashing  descent into the rear of the fuselage of  a Fortress named All American, piloted  by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th  Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the  fighter broke apart, but left some  pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal  stabilizer of the Fortress and left  elevator were completely torn away.  The vertical fin and the rudder had  been damaged, the fuselage had been  cut approximately two-thirds through,  the control cables were severed, and  the electrical and oxygen systems  were damaged. Although the tail  swayed in the breeze, one elevator  cable still worked, and the aircraft still  flew-miraculously! The aircraft was  brought in for an emergency landing  and when the ambulance pulled  alongside, it was waved off for not a  single member of the crew had been  injured. No one could believe that the  aircraft could still fly in such a  condition. The Fortress sat placidly  until three men climbed aboard through the door in the fuselage, at which time  the rear collapsed. The rugged old bird had done its job.
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