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93rd Bomb Group formation flight. Near aircraft is Consolidated B-24D-25-CO (S/N 41-24226) "Joisey Bounce" and second aircraft is (S/N 41-24...

of Bomb Group in formation. Nearest aircraft is 'Joisey Bounce' (s-n wingman is 'The Duchess', (s-n and next higher is 'Bomerang' (s-n Circa -- OPENPICS.

Bomber “box” formations allowed guns in each aircraft to protect vulnerable blind spots on the other airplanes in the group. The formation was vital for defense. Assembly Ships were older aircraft, usually having completed their schedule of active sorties, which were painted in bright colors and patterns to be highly visible. As bombers launched from their many fields they would line up behind these Assembly Ships to create their formations. (Consolidated-B-24 Liberator)

Bomber “box” formations allowed guns in each aircraft to protect vulnerable…

US bomber B-24 Liberator of USAAF 465th Bomber Group after crash landing in the Poltava airfield, Ukraine, Jan 4, 1945. Poltava was the main airfield of Operation Frantic, a USAAF "shuttle bombing" operation sending bombers to hit German targets and then land in locations in the USSR. This system extended the range of US bombing significantly. The operation though fizzled out because of Russian underlying hostility and refusal to protect the Frantic bases adequately.

US bomber Liberator of USAAF Bomber Group after crash landing in the Poltava airfield, Ukraine, Jan Poltava was the main airfield of Operation Frantic, a USAAF “shuttle bombing”.

A view as the 376th Bombardment Group work in the blowing sand with a B-24-Liberator in the background at the U.S Air Force Base in Benghazi, Libya.

A view as the Bombardment Group work in the blowing sand with a in the background at the U.S Air Force Base in Benghazi, Libya.

A view of the 389th Bombardment Group flying a B-24 Liberator at the U.S Air Force base in Benghazi, Libya.

A view of the Bombardment Group flying a Liberator at the U.S Air Force base in Benghazi, Libya.

INVASION STRIPES   B-24D Liberator Lead Assembly Ship 'Green Dragon' of 389th Bomber Group, US 566th Bomber Squadron, RAF Hethel, Norfolk, England, Feb-Jul 1944. Planes of many air forces participated, marked to prevent friendly-fire accidents from their allies.

[Photo] B-24D Liberator Lead Assembly Ship 'Green Dragon' of 389th Bomber Group, US 566th Bomber Squadron, RAF Hethel, Norfolk, England, Feb-Jul 1944, photo 1 of 2

Liberator Lead Assembly Ship 'Green Dragon' of Bomber Group, US…

On July 19, 1943 American bombers raided the city of Rome, destroying its railways. Panic broke out among the Romans. Convinced by Mussolini that the Allies would never bomb the holy city, civilians poured into the Italian capital for safety. The bombing did more than shake their security in the city—it shook their confidence in their leader.

View of a formation of three Consolidated Liberator bombers, World War II.

A B-17 bomber makes its way to England to aid the British in World War II circa 1941

WWII in color: Rare photos from 1942 show Flying Fortress bombers and their heroic crews in The Mighty 8th Command

Rare color photo A bomber makes its way to England to aid the British in World War II circa 1941

Endeavour & 747 Carrier

The space shuttle Endeavour,fresh from the mission and mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over California's Mojave Desert on a three-day trip back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday Dec. By AP Photo/NASA

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