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"Cut and slashed by flak, this tail section of a Boeing B-17 Flying fortress separated from the rest of the bomber when the pilot brought his damaged plane in for a crash landing."

B-17 42-107091 'Forbidden Fruit'. - The tail gunner S/Sgt John R Tinker was dead, killed instantly by the flak hit. Capt Edward M Skurka the pilot landed at Rattlesden without rudder control, or brakes and with damaged ailerons and due to the extended landing run colided with a crash truck killing one of the crew of the truck. 8-May-44.



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  • 42-107091 Forbidden Fruit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
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Date Contributor Update
02 March 2018 15:31:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations