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    The story of B-17 “All American”

    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 WWII. 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 Flying 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 was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunner’s turret.

    Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still miraculously flew! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.

    When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.

    The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

    Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the “All American” as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the appendage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signaled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane to land it.

    Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear. When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down a ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed. This old bird had done its job and brought the crew home and all in one piece.

    Absolutely a great story about our service members who fought for our freedom.

    People today have no understanding of the sacrifices these brave men and women gave for our country.

    This is back when all Americans where proud to be Americans and proud of their work.

    A much different kind of work ethic, than the what’s in it for me mind set of today.

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    Adam Schiff passes the impeachment hoax over to Jerry Nadler and the Judiciary committee for even more smoke and mirrors.

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    Swalwell’s flatulence is emblematic of the entire impeachment sham orchestrated by Schiff and the Democrats.

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    Let's keep creepy Biden out of Santa's chair... and out of the presidency while we're at it.
    So he won’t swim naked in the White House pool in front of the female Secret Service agents.

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    The democrat's Star Witness"...what? she didn't wear her pink pu$$y hat today in testifying, showing the real world just what she it? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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    Just 11 months from now our system could change forever, and swiftly destroy everything we’ve spent 240 years building.
    That’s not an overstatement. It’s horrifyingly real.
    And it’s being driven by deep economic dissatisfaction that professional conservatives in Washington spend most of their time ignoring.
    These are supposed to be the guardians of capitalism.
    Somehow they don’t seem to notice it’s in mortal peril.
    Wake up. We’re almost out of time.
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    Like Booker, BIden and Warren.

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    This guy's a MORON!!!

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    50,000 times, how did she ever get her work done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opsspec1991 View Post
    Just 11 months from now our system could change forever, and swiftly destroy everything we’ve spent 240 years building.
    That’s not an overstatement. It’s horrifyingly real.
    And it’s being driven by deep economic dissatisfaction that professional conservatives in Washington spend most of their time ignoring.
    These are supposed to be the guardians of capitalism.
    Somehow they don’t seem to notice it’s in mortal peril.
    Wake up. We’re almost out of time.
    Our system and everything we’ve spent 240 years building WILL be destroyed within the next 13 months but not because of any deep economic dissatisfaction that professional conservatives in Washington spend most of their time ignoring. It's nothing new that they don't seem to notice all of the signs that Scripture has warned us about pertaining to these last hours of these last days of this LAST GENERATION.. "Wake up we’re almost out of time" is the most profound thing you've said so far. Read my SIGNATURE, if you're not afraid of the TRUTH.
    Ready or Not...WE ARE THE LAST GENERATION...Are You Ready?
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