The B-17

From page 47 of Into Life's School:
Of all the bombers in World War II, we hoped to be assigned to the B-17—which we eventually did indeed fly during our time in England. The markings on the plane include the bomb group symbol, in our case the triangle U (the marking of the 457th Bomb Group) located on the tail section. Below that is the serial number—in this case 338594. Most planes were named; in this case, the name of the plane is Lady B Good, and the name usually was placed in the front of the aircraft. The position of the crew members is indicated on the drawing.

The B-17

A belly landing
In February of 1945, the almost new B-17 pictured below took us for a ride we will never forget. Only the third mission for this plane, it took flak in the gas tanks causing loss of fuel. So we belly landed in a French field, part of friendly occupied territory. (The whole story of our belly landing is recounted in pages 125 to 129.)

B-17 after a belly landing on French territory

Caption: A belly landing near Laon, France. Back row, left to right: Anthony O’Brien, navigator; Pierre Ribaut, French farmer; myself, radio operator; and Dan Nose, flight engineer. Front row: Murray Jett, copilot; Tommy Thompson, pilot; Bennie Johnson, ball turret gunner; Ralph Kenyon, bombardier.

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