Vern, while working at Boeing. was able to watch a B17 being completely reconstructed in a factory area in Renton. He did not volunteer to help as he did with the B29 in 1991..
He was able to get a hold of B17 maintenance manual and copy it. He has place several images on this.site, from that manual...
|Capt. Glenn Rojohn of the 8th Air Force's 100th Bomb Group was flying his B-17G Flying Fortress bomber on a raid over Hamburg. On their return home they were attacked by German Fighters. Rojohn saw a B-17 ahead of him burst into flames. He gunned his ship forward to fill in the gap. His plane collided with the other B-17 which stuck to the belly of his ship. They soon slammed into the ground. Click image for story
|German with a Heart
Charlie Brown was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 379th Bomber Group at Kimbolton, England. His B-17 was called 'Ye Old Pub' and was in a terrible state, having been hit by flak and fighters. The compass was damaged and they were flying deeper over enemy territory instead of heading home to Kimbolton.
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Watson's Military Page at:
which does seem to work all of the time.
His B17 image is displayed over a cloud background.
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