Ben D:

From Ken Ludwick, a classic story of the B-17 and its legendary toughness. Completely shattered by enemy gunfire and a midair collision, the All American managed not just to complete her bomb run, but to limp back to England and land safely, with no fatalities among the crew.

Wow.

Originally posted on Ken Ludwick:

B-17 in 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 Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There…

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