B-17 Heavy Bombers in Wartime Production

December 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor. “Production. B-17 heavy bomber. A nearly complete B-17F ‘Flying Fortress’ at Boeing’s Seattle plant.” Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information.


Unfortunately, many men were needlessly killed by the insistence of the “Bomber Barons” that heavy bombers like the iconic B-17 needed no fighter protection. These senior commanders were proved wrong time and time again yet they continued to send the bombers out.

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/