These old Forts took a beating for sure. I am always amazed at what some of these planes went through and still managed to make it home. About 15 years ago I met a gentlemen who flew B-24’s over Europe. He told me that he still loved the B-24 because he always came home in it. I asked him about his opinion on the B-17, and in a typical pilot fashion he replied that the B-24 was faster, carried a heavier bomb load at a higher speed and a higher altitude than the B-17. He threw in the ringer when he said that they made more of them too !!! He had his points ……..
I have had the opportunity to crawl through both types and both seem quite cramped inside, even more so when you think about how much more awkward it must have been when wearing combat flight gear and a parachute !!! Some guys supposedly set their chutes next to them since it was so cramped inside these planes.
The final twist to this story ………
The B-24 pilot became best friends with his next door neighbor ( who I also had the pleasure of meeting). She was a tiny little woman who still spoke with a broken English accent. She was German !!!!
And she lived in a town that the B-24 pilot actually bombed during the War !!! Not once, but twice !!!
He pulled out his log book and showed me ………
Amazing how we can sometimes get along given the opportunity.
He stayed in the Army Air Force and eventually flew F-86 Sabre jets in Korea.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing your progress on this one Dave …… The aluminum foil is a great idea for battle damage.
I have added a few pictures for you. I have quite a few of them, and if you need more please don’t hesitate to ask.
The waist gunners position:
The bomb bays
And the nose …….
The “radio room”
And the “office”
Are just a few of what I have taken.
Thanks again David.