One of Murphy's laws of combat is that "Friendly fire isn't." This is the tail of the B-17 Eager Beaver after a new waist gunner aboard one of her formation-mates got a little carried away. The entry in the pilot’s diary, dated Feb 18th, 1943, says, “New waist gunner shot hell out of tail today. Ship out for a week.”
Assigned 419BS/301BG [K] Westover 8/7/42; transferred 96BS/2BG Maison Blanche, Alg 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg 25/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 8/2/43 14m; transferred 483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; Returned to the USA Olmstead 24/7/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Bush Fd 4/6/45. EAGER BEAVER.
Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...