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While flying over Italy, this B-17 had most of her tail shot away.  Still, the pilot managed to get her home.  When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream.  Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.  Once on the ground, the greatest threat was not German or Italian soldiers, who usually took them prisoner, but scared or angry peasants who had been told that Brits and Yanks were savage murderous rapists who should be killed on…

While flying over Italy, this had most of her tail shot away. Still, the pilot managed to get her home. When she was hit, the tail-gunner was blown out into her slipstream. Miraculously, he was uninjured and managed to get his chute open and land safely.

Bomber B-17G-25-DL «Sweet Pea» (serial number 42-38078) 429 Squadron, 2nd Bomb Group of the 15th Air Army, US Air Force received a direct hit flak during a raid on the Hungarian city of Debrecen 21/09/1944 . Despite the critical damage, the pilot Guy Miller (Guy M. Miller) was able to hold on to the airfield Amendola car in Italy.

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A B-17 takes a direct hit over Budapest.  Five men were able to bail out before the plane hit the ground.  You can bet that the pilot and co-pilot were not among them.

A Flying Fortress takes a direct hit from a large calibre AAA weapon during bombing raids over Budapest.

A B-17 bomber Group 483º 's flying virtually no cabin after its front section exploded by a direct impact of Flak 88 mm, while bomb Budapest, Hungary, on July 14, 1944. This dramatic photo was made by crew members of another Boeing, soon after the explosion, which killed both pilots instantly. The aircraft flew in a straight line for 40 seconds, then turned and went to the floor. Five other crew members managed to jump and became prisoners.

Fortress “Mizpah” took a direct AAA hit in the nose on mission to Budapest, 14 Jul 2 were killed instantly but the pilot held her level long enough for crew to get out & become POW's. The aircraft crashed near Dunavecse, Hungary "Mizpah

07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History

07 Apr "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German to attack Allied…

The true story of a German fighter pilot who decided to let a heavily damaged B-17 return home. You will find the full history at this link: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/09/living/higher-call-military-chivalry/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

The Christmas Truce of WWI was an excellent example of such humanity, as were the heroic actions of German Luftwaffe Ace Pilot Franz Stigler on December.

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Arado Blitz Captured jet bomber reconnaissance Arado Ar 234 Blitz & a pair of aircraft Junkers Ju near Manching Germany April

A heavy US B-24 "Liberator" bomber takes a direct hit off German flak and breaks apart, Germany 1943

A heavy US "Liberator" bomber takes a direct hit of German flak and breaks apart, Germany 1943

Despite damaged wing pilot manages to fly plane home

Despite damaged wing pilot manages to fly plane home, pin by Paolo Marzioli

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.

The Flying Fortress was famous for its durability. This Hang the Expense, of the Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flak over.

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