Harry H. Crosby's Wrecked B-17 Just a-Snappin

"Leading a large formation of B-17s, we were hit hard over the target, spun out of control and saved from crashing by the superb efforts of our pilot and command pilot. With two engines knocked out, we were forced to head home alone at low altitude, our plane riddled by over 1,200 shell holes by actual count, one crewman mortally wounded and five severely injured. When we were attacked repeatedly by Luftwaffe fighters along the way, our gunners shot down ten of them. Unable to ditch in the North Sea because of our wounded or to make it to our own airfield, [we] crash-landed at a “dummy” airfield on the English coast."

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On October 8, 1943, the 100th Bomb Group targeted the heavily defended German industrial city of Bremen. The amazing tale of survival of Crosby and his crew drew media attention. Here, he inspects the remnants of his navigator’s compartment after his B-17
Type: Photograph
Image Date: October 8, 1943
Image Taken: England
Credit: Rebecca Crosby Hutchinson
Origin: Rebecca Crosby Hutchinson
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On October 8, 1943, the 100th Bomb Group targeted the heavily defended German industrial city of Bremen. The amazing tale of survival of Crosby and his crew drew media attention. Here, he inspects the remnants of his navigator’s compartment after his B-17