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The plane of this photo is a 451st Bombardment’s ship, 49th Bomb Wing, US Army Air Force. Based at Castelluccio Airfield, Foggia Airfield Complex, the 451st was one of the most decorated 15th Air Force’s units, but also one of the most battered: 135 B-24s lost in 216 missions.

‪ Have a fantastic weekend! A bomber emerges from a cloud of flak with its engine smoking.

Gen. Hap Arnold, commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, examining the "Memphis Belle" after it returned to the US.Memphis Belle was one of the first B-17 USAAC heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions with her crew intact by May 1943.The aircraft and crew then returned to the United States to sell war bonds. The aircraft is undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. BFD

Hap Arnold, commander of the U. Army Air Forces, examining the "Mempis Belle" after it returned to the United States.

June 19, 1945: B-24 Liberators of the U. S. Army Air Forces’ 404th Bombardment Squadron make the longest bombing mission flown in the North Pacific Area during World War II, flying a 2,700-mile (4,348-km) round trip from Shemya to attack the Japanese base at Kruppu in the Kurile Islands. The B-24s are in the air for 15½ hours.

Catalog Title: Bomb Group Liberator Date: Additional Information: Bomb Group Liberator Tags: Bomb Group Liberator , Bomb Group Liberator , Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

S14 USAAF Bomber Oznaczenia i Camo 1941/45 Cz.  2 Page 30-960

Boeing "Flying Fortress" of the bomb wing, Air Force, World War II

B 24 Liberator with Shark Mouth in Italy 15th Air Force 1944

Liberator with Shark mouth, air force, Italy 1944 (notice it's opponent.

Crew of B-17 Flying Fortress prepares for mission. When the men of an 8th Air Force group gave the town of Thetford, England, a plaque, honoring it as the birthplaces of Thomas Paine, American patriot philosopher and author, the crew of a B-17 thought it appropriate to name their plane "Tom Paine" and to inscribe the fuselage with one of his famous remarks, "Tyrrany, like hell, is not easily conquered."

Crew of Flying Fortress prepares for mission. When the men of an Army Air Force group gave the town of Thetford, England, a plaque, hono.

Sgt is top turret gunner on a B-24 of the 8th Air Force in England.

Sgt is top turret gunner on a of the Air Force in England. /* tail-gunner, shortest life expectancy of Anyone in active combat.

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