B-17s of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group run gauntlet of attacks from German fighters and Flak in World War II
Germany Date:1943 Duration:6 min 5 sec Sound:Yes
View inside a B-17 of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group, enroute to target in Germany during World War 2. Gunners looking out their window as escorting P-47 fighters of the U.S. 487th Fighter Squadron (352nd Fighter Group) turn back (for lack of fuel endurance) and head home to their base at RAF Station Bodney. The B-17s continuing unescorted in tight formation, displaying high altitude contrails. German fighters are spotted at 9 O'Clock high. Contrails from German fighters are seen. Gunners rotating their turrets as they look out for enemy attacks. American gunner fire at attacking German fighters. Sky filled with swirling contrails from the attackers. German fighter disables lead ship which begins to descend with number 4 engine smoking. Crew inside B-17 watches as some of the stricken crew bail out. German fighters continue relentless attacks on the B-17s. One is seen falling into a flat spin and descending rapidly, out of control. German FW-190 fighter join in the attack. B-17 gunners hit one and it explodes and falls. Another B-17 is hit and falls out of control. German fighters regroup in formation as the B-17s enter an area of concentrated antiaircraft ground fire. Black bursts of flak surround the B-17s. Soon the German fighter attacks resume.
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