The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...
September 8, 1944 in 'Why Not?' AC# 42-107208 flak cause one engine's cylinder to blow out. Pressure dropped in another engine and pilot Jorgensen could not make the engine feather. Prop wash from other planes caused rapid drop in altitude. Bombs were dropped 20 miles east of Rheims. Now at 1000 feet in altitude, pilot Jorgensen ordered a bail out. All bailed out except pilot, copilot and Bombardier. With the load lightened the plane was able to fly to Orly. 'Why Not?' was repaired in France and returned to base. Sergeant Moore and other crew members contacted French and were taken to Paris.
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 Combat Chronology Supplement, Snetterton Falcons by Doherty and Ward, p.189 MACR 8810