This ties into my “Tail Gunner” posts and interests in B-17s: https://fpdorchak.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/tail-gunner-accepted-in-longmont-library-anthology/.

Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel

B-17 “All American” (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew

Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.

Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.

Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle

Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge

Engineer- Joe C. James

Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway

Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda

Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk

Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus

Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland


1943…


A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the…

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  1. HoarseMan says:

    Nine pairs of balls as big as watermelons in that ship…

  2. sotm says:

    God and His Angels working overtime!

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