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#1 b17sam

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:47 PM

I am seeking photos of B17s in formation with fighter escort for my website. Any photos will be credited and, of course, appreciated.
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#2 Erich

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:09 PM

Sam

this is so small not sure if useable or not .....

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:41 PM

Erich --- Thanks for the prompt reply. You are right. I'm looking for more 17s and more escort.
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#4 Erich

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:00 PM

sadly it seems Sam it is one or the other. I know photos exist, still searching my databank

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:34 PM

Actually not an easy thing to find - plenty show vapour trails, but sparse aircraft detail. Still looking........:o
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:31 PM

I don't have any. I have one the purports to show 17s and 51s in the same frame, but you need an electron microscope to see the fighters, if they are actually there. It is a distant shot, like maybe made from different squadron

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:50 PM

3rd Scouting Forces escort a 96th bg Fort.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:29 PM

Mr Sam,

Could you describe your thoughts aobut flying through something like this?

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I can only imagine the terror, tempered by your training and staying with your job.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:40 PM

Mr. Slipdigit
My primary reaction while visiting Hitler's 1944 3rd Reich with its delightful tourist attractions such as Berlin, Hamburg, Merseberg, etc. (see full list with dates in B-17 B-24 Pictures Information 8th Air Force Flying Fortress Liberator Ploesti Schweinfurt Merseberg Berlin missions) was to grit my teeth and keep an extremely tight asshole. The friendly citizens in each town and city never failed to greet us with large floral displays of flak, barrage flak, box flak, tracking flak, etc., but I never saw such a thick and uniform welcome as displayed in your photograph.
I may be wrong, but in my opinion, I believe a good bit of the flak in the photo came from brush and ink. Please notice the 17s cruising blithely through all the flak with no visible damage And what a pisspoor formation.
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 12:35 AM

Where are we going for the free beer?

So it looks a bit put up then?

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:39 AM

Using a German '88' as an example, has anyone ever calculated the 'effective' range of the schrapnel of an 88 air-burst?


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