Monday, April 04, 2016

Cool Plane

1 comment:

  1. My father was a B-17 pilot during WWII. Flew many missions over Germany, and none of the crew eere ever seriously injured or killed. Lost only one aircraft to engine damage from flack, successfully landed it on a short metal fighter runway in Belgium. He and the crew were smuggled out of Belgium and back to England in Belgian uniforms. They were issued another B-17 which they flew in until the end of the war in Europe. My father flew several missions after most of the crew returned to America, two to Belgium, carrying food for starving Belgians, and one to what was Yugoslavia, to pick up a group of French POWs who were being used there as slave labor by the Nazis. He was tasked both times because he spoke French. A large portion of Belgium was (is?) French - they were called "Walloons", as opposed to the rest of their countrymen, who were Flemish.