8th Air Force WWII - B17 Missions

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  1. airgunr

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    My Father-in-law passed away recently and in going through some of his old stuff I found the following pictures. He was in the 8th Air Force in Europe and flew B17 Flying Fortresses as a Navigator. These are some pictures he took on missions over Europe. The pictures were sent back during his tour so all the identifiying information was cut off the bottom edge. Too bad as I don't have it now.

    This one shows some of the Flack they were getting over a target.
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    Here is a formation shot with the Contrails
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    If your interested in any others (there are a few with nose art and the markers for how many missions and enemy aircraft shot down). You can go to my Photobucket site to see them at:
    http://photobucket.com/albums/v148/airgunr/8th%20Air%20Force/

    Pretty cool if your into this type of stuff.
     
  2. lostprophet

    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    WOW

    stunning shots of a stunning plane in action.

    But I would not like to be up there when they were taken

    sorry to hear about your father-in-law
     
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    Fantastic shots. The airial shots are incredible. I recently visited the Palm Springs airport during an open house. They have a whole bunch of WWII planes there including a B-17. During the open house I had a chance to talk at length with the pilot who flew them in the war. Very inspiring, haunting, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Watching those films on TV doesnt make it hit home untill you talk to someone in person who can relate their experience. After the sobering tales he proceded to flirt with my wife! Pilots.....
     
  4. airgunr

    airgunr TPF Noob!

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    In the first one you can see they are over the target as the closest plane has it bomb bay doors open. We owe these guys a great debt to have gone through that.....

    I resized the pictures but they are still showing up way big on this site. I tried another site and they are ok. Not sure why......
     
  5. airgunr

    airgunr TPF Noob!

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    OK, got it now....
     
  6. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing them!
     
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    You have something very special here. Thx for sharing these awesome images.

    Salute to your Father inlaw.
     
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    Wow, what amazing shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Talk about bravery. Looking these pictures just reinforces that.
     
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    DestinDave Master of Non Sequitur

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    What great treasures those are! I think the WWII years are the most romantic and historically important years ever. If I could live at any time in history it would be during the 30-50's. Sadly enough there aren't many left of the Greatest Generation. I watch anything and everything I can on History, DSC, TLC, and Public TV. I'm sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. Thank you for sharing his story and his pictures...

    Dave
     
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    My dad was there as a nose gunner.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Jon
     
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    Fantastic!

    Do you know what camera/lens he was using?
     

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