B17G Tribute to my Uncle
This is a tribute to my Uncle (Edward Ah Tye) who flew in this B-17G–20–BO, “The Wild Hare” (42-31515). He flew the majority of his 35 missions in this bomber from June – November 1944 and returned home safely. He was part of the 8th Air Force/ 91st Bomb Group/ 324th Squadron. This was the same squadron that the famous “Memphis Belle” belonged to although he flew later on after the “Belle” came back to the USA. He said in all of his 35 missions he only fired a short burst from his top turret guns. A testament to the air superiority the allies owned at this time of the air war. His crew members gave him the nickname of “Lucky”. His final mission was on 11/9/1944. “The Wild Hare” was shot down by enemy fighters on 11/26/1944, yes, he was indeed lucky.
This is the Revell 1/72 B17G. Kit number 4283.
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