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    From Wiki ~ The "All American" was repaired and returned to service as a hack with the 352nd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 301st Bombardment Group (Heavy), and flew until its March 1945 dismantlement.

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    While I was at Warminster a bloke came round who was part of a team recovering a Flying Fortress over in Norwich somewhere. Mind you, it wasn't a flying fortress then of course! He had one of the waist guns that was gently bent throught a small arc from the tip of the barrel to the end of the body. Totally solid because of the bend of course and the only thing that was visibly broken was the side cocking handle. He promised me one of the propellor blades bu they were all just a mangled mess. But he did send me the gas axed muzzle end of a .50 with the foresight + bead attached. Nice piece. I'll use it as my next project and build a F/Fortress around it!

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    You will have to start a build thread so we can follow the progress Peter

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    My Old Man flew in G's as waist gunner/ radio operator with the 457th of the 8th. Kept a small box of flak frags, luckily none of which were pulled from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low & Slow View Post
    My Old Man flew in G's as waist gunner/ radio operator with the 457th of the 8th. Kept a small box of flak frags, luckily none of which were pulled from him.
    I've flown in the Collings Foundation B-17G 'Nine-o-Nine' out of NAS Moffat back in 2007 when on a trip over to USAicon, and flying in one today really, brings it home to just what all those brave men did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low & Slow View Post
    Kept a small box of flak frags, luckily none of which were pulled from him.
    I'll bet he just picked them up from the floor of the aircraft. They'd be lying there after a mission.

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