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Air Classics  April 2017


On The COver

Boeing B-17G-70-BO USAAF 43-37704 Button Noseof the 535th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. On 8 August 1944, the Fort was on a mission to Cauvicourt, France, where it was fatally hit by anti-aircraft fire. On fire, the pilot skillfully brought the B-17G in for a crash landing near British lines at Caen and the entire crew escaped the burning bomber and returned to their base the next day. The photographer picked a random group of men to form a “crew” for this shot. He asked Lt. Thomas Barnicle to grab some of his friends for the portrait — some had flown in Button Nose,some not. But the resulting portrait was a most convincing image of a Flying Fortress and its young crew. (National Archives)

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