b-17 Section

Local B-17 Bombardier Recalls ‘Wing and a Prayer’ Mission on the All American

Local B-17 Bombardier Recalls ‘Wing and a Prayer’ Mission on the All American

Ralph Burbridge of Des Moines, a B-17 bombardier in World War II, holds the encased flag that the 414th Squadron, which he flew with, raised in his honor earlier this year above their base in Turkey. He... [Read more]

World War II Fighter Pilot Recalls Dangers Escorting Allied Bombers

World War II Fighter Pilot Recalls Dangers Escorting Allied Bombers

by Ralph Nichols, with photos by Michael Brunk WWII Veteran John Hauff shares a log book entry to Ralph Nichols “It was a lot of fun until they started shooting at us.” So quipped John Hauff, a World... [Read more]

B-17 Flight Evokes Images About What WWII Missions Were Like

B-17 Flight Evokes Images About What WWII Missions Were Like

by Ralph Nichols, with photos by Michael Brunk A light rain fell from the low, gray sky around Puget Sound Monday morning – just as it often did on American bomber crews based in England and Scotland... [Read more]

World War II B-17 Coming to Boeing Field for Public Tours and Flights

World War II B-17 Coming to Boeing Field for Public Tours and Flights

by Ralph Nichols Sixty-seven years ago this month, Ted Gary was a relieved young airman. After 22 missions over Nazi Germany as tail gunner on a B-17 bomber, World War II at last was over. Now Gary –... [Read more]