Aviation Art Gallery
Welcome to the Aviation Art Gallery, featuring dramatic
aviation images hand-created by Ardy Arani.
About The Image
9 September 1944 - the 390th Bomb Group attacked a target in Düsseldorf, Germany and suffered its second largest single mission loss of the war. Over the target just prior to bomb release, one of the low squadron B-17s was hit by flak and the 1000 lb. bombs exploded inside the plane - nine of the twelve aircraft in the squadron were instantly destroyed or knocked out of formation.
Six of the nine went down over the target, one flew two hours on a single engine and landed at Paris, another "crippled plane" landed in Belgium and the other struggled back to its home base and landed long after the other thirty nine B-17s had returned from the mission.
The one that came home was "Liberty Belle". She went on to complete 64 combat missions before being salvaged on February 18, 1945. Restored in 2004, it is now one of only fourteen B-17’s that still flies.
This PhotoIllustration shows Liberty Belle poised for takeoff on a dawn mission.
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Dawn Flight - The Liberty Belle B17
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