Beautiful Bombers

A new book documents the glory of the World War II aircraft

A Boeing YB-17 flies over the Cascade Mountains. Though the B-17 program initially lost out to the cheaper Douglas B-18, the U.S. Army Air Corps saw so much potential in the B-17’s design that funds were made available to continue developing the aircraft. (John R. Bruning Collection)

96th Bomb Group

(John R. Bruning Collection)

A 96th Bomb Group B-17 flies over Belgium. The 96th, flying out of Snetterton Heath airfield in England, was the only bomb group that did not lose any aircraft during a raid on targets in Regensburg, Germany on August 17, 1943.


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