The Miracle B-17
“ALL AMERICAN” - The Miracle B17
The Flying Fortress was one tough bird!
An attacking Bf-109 fighter tumbled through the tail of a 97th Bomb Group B-17F named “All American” on a mission to Tunis, Tunisia, on February 1, 1943. Flyers in other B-17s were astonished to see the stricken bomber pitch up, recover, and keep flying. An airman aboard “The Flying Flint Gun” snapped a photograph that would become famous. It shows “All American” struggling to make it home with no port horizontal stabilizer and a terrible gash through the fuselage.
The photo was sent home with the following message:
"Censor, Should there be some law, rule, or regulation
“All American” made it back to Biskra, Algeria, with all aboard safe.
National Archives/Army Air Forces.
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