Through The Barrage - Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17G fighting their way to target. Aviation Art by Roger H. Middlebrook GAvA
The daylight operations of both the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces, USAAF are the stuff of legend with few aircraft being more associated with the “Mighty Eighth” than the Boeing B-17. Heavily armed and strongly built the ‘Flying Fortress’ has become legendary, though without fighter escort they still took appalling losses. The introduction of the equally legendary P-51 Mustang changed all that and bomber losses dropped dramatically
Roger H. Middlebrook's painting shows aircraft from the 322nd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group, flying from Bassingborne in the later stages of the war. Flak and fighters would be the main concern of the aircrew, though mechanical failure was always a possibility too.