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B-17E Flying Fortress Attacks Soryu

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Japanese aircraft carrier Soryu circles to avoid bomb hits from Flight 92, a Boeing (Lockheed-built) B-17E Flying Fortress composite group of the the 31st and 431st Bomb Squadrons, 38th Bomb Group, Seventh Air Force; led by USAAF Lieutenant Colonel Walter C. Sweeney, Junior. The enthusiastic but unexperienced B-17E crews claimed several hits, despite attacking without coordination and splitting up their fifteen planes against three targets. While they had several near-misses they did not score any hits. Aerial reconnaissance photos like this one were critical to identifying targets for later attack missions throughout the war. Only the heavy bombers like the B-17 and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator had the range in the Pacific to make long distance flights to gather intelligence. While high hopes were placed in this B-17 attack, high level bombing against ships was shown to not be an effective method.
Image Filename wwii1316.jpg
Image Size 1.53 MB
Image Dimensions 3000 x 2747
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title 7th United States Army Air Froce
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 04, 1942
Location 20,000 Feet Over Soryu
City 20,000 Feet Over Soryu
State or Province Battle of Midway
Country Oceania
Archive Library of Congress
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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