Inside a Flying Fortress
Look inside one of the only surviving B-17Gs with a combat record.
- By Roger Connor and Christopher Moore. Photographs by Eric Long and Mark Avino.
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 27, 2011
Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby is one of the only surviving B-17Gs with a combat record. It entered service with the Ninety-first Bomb Group in March 1943. On May 29, 1944, after an extensive period of combat, the aircraft departed for a raid on the Focke-Wulf plant in Poznan, Poland. After its bomb run, the aircraft suffered flak damage and was forced to land in neutral Sweden, where the aircraft was interned with its crew. The Swedish government sold the aircraft to SAAB, who turned the Flying Fortress into an airliner. The U.S. Air Force later rescued the aircraft after it had been abandoned and eventually undertook a massive program to restore it.