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B-17G Swoose II, with Margo Kurtz about to break a bottle of champagne( suspended from the propeller blade) and break it on the propeller boss. Her husband, Lt. Col. Frank Kurtz, is standing next to her.

Margo Kurtz and Col Kurtz christen a at Lakeland AB (Florida) before the group flew to Europe, 1944

I believe my dad is the third to the last one to the right (but then may be the shorter one near there...can't really tell) and was the ball-turret gunner on this plane named by Margaret Bourke-White.

I believe my dad is the third to the last one to the right (but then may be the shorter one near there...can't really tell) and was the ball-turret gunner on this plane named by Margaret Bourke-White.

http://www.100thbg.com/mainmenus/349th/images03/2_02_2.jpg 100th Bomb Group "The Reluctant Dragon"

Flying Fortress, Bomb Group, "The Reluctant Dragon"

100th BG GOIN MY WAY

Bomb Group Bomb Squadron Nose Art Goin my way Air Force

B-17 Kimbolton. "Penny Ante” Crew, 379th BG, England, June 1943 Great book "Return to Base." Pilot Hershell Streit and Co Pilot Jesse Pitts..

"Penny Ante” Crew, BG, England, June 1943 Great book "Return to Base." Pilot Hershell Streit and Co Pilot Jesse Pitts.

Crete. c. May 1944. Informal portrait of 425749 Flying Officer (FO) I. G. S. Purssey of Brisbane, Qld, a member of No. 450 Squadron RAAF beside a Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk aircraft with the nose art reading "Go it Gertie".

"Aussie Hawks were amazing" KB Crete. May Informal portrait of 425749 Flying Officer (FO) I. Purssey of Brisbane, Qld, a member of No. 450 Squadron RAAF beside a Curtiss Kittyhawk aircraft with the nose art reading "Go it Gertie".

B-17 Sentimental Journey #NoseArt © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, via Flickr

Worked her booth at air shows at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ, while in high school with my friend who's Da was part of the CAF & part of her crew!

Beautiful Warbirds

The top Mustang ace of all time was Major George E Preddy of the Fighter Group. He scored air and 5 ground victories but was killed during the Battle of the Bulge.

Crew of B-17 Flying Fortress prepares for mission. When the men of an 8th Air Force group gave the town of Thetford, England, a plaque, honoring it as the birthplaces of Thomas Paine, American patriot philosopher and author, the crew of a B-17 thought it appropriate to name their plane "Tom Paine" and to inscribe the fuselage with one of his famous remarks, "Tyrrany, like hell, is not easily conquered."

Crew of Flying Fortress prepares for mission. When the men of an Army Air Force group gave the town of Thetford, England, a plaque, hono.

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