Gunners In Vintage Pictures II


The B-17 Flying Fortress was famous for its durability. This B-17 Hang the Expense of the 100th Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flak over Ostend on an aborted mission to Frankfurt Germany 24 January 1944. The tail gunner Roy Urick was blown out – but survived and was taken prisoner. Pilot Frank Valesh and co-pilot John Booth miraculously flew the badly damaged B-17 back to England and put down safely at Eastchurch.