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A closer look at the most famous bomber of WWII

by Jann Mathy (2020-02-15)


7936931854_4c314729e3_b.jpgid="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> National Archives Over Europe during World War II, huge multi-engine warplanes crisscrossed the skies. British Lancaster and Halifax bombers, along with American B-24s and other warplanes, relentlessly pounded German factories and infrastructure.

One bomber, however, caught the imagination of a nation and has a lasting legacy as one of the icons of the war. It wasn't the biggest and it didn't carry the heaviest bombload, 영화 nor was it the most produced. But its rugged design protected its crews, while its defensive armament, once called a "porcupine in the sky," warded off enemy fighters. Traveling in vast combat box formations, they dropped hundreds of thousands of pounds of bombs on Nazi Germany. 

It was, of course, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Here's a closer look.