Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Mighty Eighth, 8th Air Force-- Part 1: Coming Home Meant You Were Lucky
The April 2018 Calendar of Paralyzed Veterans of America is COMING HOME / ENGLAND, 1943.
The painting shows the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber leaving their plane, the Kayo Katy You can sure see why these planes are called Flying Fortresses with all the machine guns.
Back in 1943, if you happened to be a crewmember on a B-17 Flying Fortress, coming home was a very special occasion indeed. You were, to put it plainly, one of the "lucky ones."
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was primarily employed in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign in World War II against German industrial and military targets.