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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Shoo Shoo Baby: B17G At Wright Patterson Air Force Base

It's great to be back and what a time I've had. I traveled back to my hometown in Ohio for a visit with my mom. I visited the Wright Patterson Air Force Base where I spent two days snapping photos and capturing video footage for Ancient Digger. Last month, I featured an article about Planes used during World War I, and let me tell you, to see those planes up close, and then to see planes I'd never knew existed during that time, was amazing.

So before I start sharing, I wanted to start off the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Series with the Shoo Shoo Baby B-17G. For those of you plane and aircraft enthusiasts, you already know the B17G Flying Fortress was one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B17G prototype first flew on June 28, 1935, yet few of the B-17 flying fortresses were flying prior to the United States’ entrance into World War II.

In 1944, the B17G was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group, The Ragged Irregulars, at Bassingbourn, England. The crew named the plane after the popular song “Shoo Shoo Baby”.  The Shoo Shoo Baby B17G flew 24 combat missions during World War II, with its first mission on March 24, 1944 in Frankfurt, Germany. The last mission was in Posen, Poland on March 29, 1944, however a faulty engine forced a landing in Sweden. In 1968, the aircraft was found abandoned in France and the French government presented the plane to the United States Airforce.

In the late 70’s, the 512th Antique Restoration Group restored the B-17G to its former glory. The aircraft was then shipped to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio in October 1988.

The aircraft flew in every zone yet its most remembered flight was the daylight bombing of German industrial targets.  By 1945, close to 13,000 of these B17 fortresses had been produced.

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1 Comment:

Margot (Pinay Mom) said...

wow...those airplanes are so exotic now. im sure my husband wants to see them for real.

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