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Boeing B-17G bombing run | by Konabish ~ Greg Bishop
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Boeing B-17G bombing run

A U.S. Army Air Force Boeing B-17G-50-VE Flying Fortress (s/n 44-8167, built by Lockheed) of the 15th Air Force, 2nd Bomb Group, 96th Bomb Squadron, dropping its bombs in 1944/45. The 2nd BG was based at Amendola, Italy, from 9 December 1943 to 19 November 1945. I've mapped (at right) the area of the base, but the actual location of this photo was unavailable. There were many, many bomber bases in the area -- mostly referred to as Foggia -- where bombing missions went all over Europe, including the D-Day Invasions and the Ploesti Oil Refineries, right into Germany itself. My good friend Bill Cornett (91 years old) flew 51 missions from there as a ball-turret gunner.


I found a reference: 83 48167 B-17G 50 VE 96 Flew 81 missions. To Kingman 7 Dec 45.... Kingman (Arizona) was an aircraft graveyard, meaning she was surely cut-up and melted-down for re-use as household items sorely needed after the war's end. I know there are folks who can fill-in more detail, and I invite comments on this Flying Fortress.


Photo date, circa 1944-1945 - Source: USAF museum website, USAF photo no. 050610-F-1234P-011 -- From wiki; I cropped it widescreen, after editing contrast, etc.





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Taken circa 1944