U.S. Brigadier General Ira Eaker leads B-17 raid on Rouen, France, during World War 2
England Date:1942, August 17 Duration:3 min 15 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. B-17s of the 8th Air Force complete a bombing mission against German positions in Rouen, France during World War II. Ground crew men of the U.S. Army Air Forces as they write on a bomb. Bombs being loaded onto a B-17 aircraft. Pilots and flight crews ride bicycles to a quonset hut, on an airbase in England, where they are briefed by an RAF officer, who identifies the coded target and radio codes to be used. Eighth Air Force B-17s prepare to take off. The lead aircraft is "Yankee Doodle" piloted by Brigadier General Ira Eaker. He is followed by B-17s "Stinky", "Littleskunkface" and the "Berlinsleeper." Aerial view of the target and bombs dropping. Flak explodes well below the formation of B-17s.
The formation heads home to England. A large group of Army officers stands on top of the control tower watching the returning aircraft. Brigadier General Ira Eaker jumps from his parked B-17, "Yankee Doodle" and shakes hands with Major General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the 8th Air Force. Eaker is seen later, smoking a cigar and being interviewed about the raid by a surrounding group of Army personnel. ( Note: Reportedly, the B-17 "Stinky" crashlanded in Athenry Co Galway Ireland on the 15th January 1943 with General Jacob Devers and a party of other Generals onboard, but none were injured and and all arrived safely at 2AM the same day, in Belleek, Nothern Ireland.)
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