Flying Fortress

MEMPHIS BELLE BACK–REPORT OF ETO PREMIERE OF FILM AT HOME AIRBASE From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A FORTRESS BASE, May 12–The flak-scarred Memphis Belle, first Fortress to fly back to the […]

THE ADVENTURE OF 3 MICE AND 40 CATS -LT. URBAN DREW AND PILOTS OF THE 375TH FIGHTER SQUADRON MIX IT UP WITH THE LUFTWAFFE By Sidney Rosenblatt YANK Field Correspondent A FIGHTER BASE, BRITAIN (By Cable)—“There […]

EIGHTH’S FLIERS TURN ATTENTION FROM BOMBS TO BOOKS, SPORTS EIGHTH AF HQ., Britain, May 6,–Eighth AF airmen-their strategic bombing mission in Europe finished—are settling back and becoming anything from champion horseshoe pitchers to musicians or masters […]

A MOTHER’S TEARS – A TELEGRAM REPORTING A SON MISSING IN ACTION By Sidney Ukraine Standing at the door was a young boy in a Western Union uniform. My mother never associated this with the hundreds […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

GIANT BLOW IS STRUCK BY EIGHTH AND NINTH AIR FORCE PLANE FLEETS 2,000 U.S. Craft Alone Batter Nazis: French Fields Now in Use From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes The greatest single […]

HANK PORTER-DISNEY ARTIST CREATES INSIGNIA FOR U.S. ARMED FORCES By Robert L. Schwartz Y2c BURBANK, CALIF.—Seabees at Camp Hueneme, Calif., recently wrote to Hank Porter of the Walt Disney Studios asking for a sketch of a […]

WWII EXPERIENCES OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS PILOT By Allyn C. Lewis One Year after Japan’s “dastardly attacks,” I enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. The actual date of my enlistment […]

FIRST MISSION ON A BOMBING RAID OVER SAINT-NAZAIRE By Sgt. Saul Levitt YANK Staff Correspondent ENGLAND—Somebody out to write a story about a briefing room, with the lights going on and off and the experts stepping […]

300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN By Dan Regan Stars and Stripes Staff Writer From the May 5, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes WITH THE FIRST ARMY—The Allied air raid on Dresden on […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF COL HARRY R. MELTON JR. by Henry Sakaida PART I You know the old saying: “One thing leads to another…” Back in 1980, I met a very nice gentleman in Tokyo named […]

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1945 REPORT FROM ARMY AIR FORCE GENERAL ARNOLD

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1945 REPORT FROM ARMY AIR FORCE GENERAL ARNOLD Fighter pilots and bomber crews may soon have to dodge bullets while they’re in training for combat. A new plastic .30-caliber frangible bullet that breaks up harmlessly upon […]

A SERVICE FLAG ON A FLYING FORTRESS CAUSES A STIR By Sgt. Thernon J. Rice Marine Corps Correspondent SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC—When Calamity Jane, the famous Flying Fortress landed at this island outpost not so long […]

NOTHING CAN STOP THE….COMICAL STORY OF ARMY AIR FORCE CENSORSHIP By Sgt. Ray Duncan You’ve heard of the Army Air Forces, of course, but someday soon you may not. In China, according to an Associated Press […]

SCHOOL FOR GUNNERS Our “Gun-running” Correspondent Learns to Operate The Armament on a Bomber; and God Help Hitler. By Sgt. Denton Scott YANK Staff Correspondent SOMEWHERE IN THE MUD—The B-17 looked like an angry bear attacked by […]

MARCH 30, 1945 MISSION TO BREMEN – 384TH BOMB GROUP By Eugene Spearman By March 30, 1945, I had already flown 23 missions. The sergeant woke me and said, “Spearman, briefing at 0400. You are flying […]

TAIL GUNNER ON “ACES AND ATES” A B-17 WITH THE 384TH BOMB GROUP By Edward McDonald During World War II I was a tail gunner on a B-17 named Aces and Ates. I crashed twice before […]

GERMANS ATTEST SNAFU IN SUPPLY – ATTACKED RELENTLESSLY BY ALLIED BOMBERS From the July 14, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Significant accounts of the devastating disruption caused to the Germans’ military supply lines by Allied […]

ROBERT STAHLHUT – A B-17 TOP TURRET GUNNER’S FATEFUL MISSION Robert Stahlhut was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17 in the 8th  Air Force’s 384th Bomb Group. In September of 1943, the 8th  Air Force was […]

STARS AND STRIPES STORY OF PARACHUTE AIR BRAKES BRINGS CRIPPLED B17 FLYING FORTRESS IN SAFE Pilot recalls, orders ‘em set up in the Stage Door Canteen A FORTRESS BASE, May 26, 1944—Recollection of a story he […]

RUNWAY ARTIST – AN ENGLISH GIRL PAINTS NOSE ART ON FLYING FORTRESSES Our honey for this week is Ann Josephine Haywood, a 24-year-old blonde and blue-eyed English miss, whose drawings of curvesome lovelies on fuselages of […]


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