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B-17E Flying Fortresses on Eastern Island

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United States Army Air Force B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of the Seventh Air Force take off from the airfield on Eastern Island, Midway Atoll, on June 3-4, 1942. Plane in the center is an early-model B-17E, with a Bendix remotely controlled belly turret. Somewhat after 0800 Hours on June 4, 1942, fifteen B-17s of the Fifth andEleventh Bomb Groups struck, raining down sticks of bombs from high altitude. Much was expected of this kind of attack, but no hits were scored, a result that further war experience would demonstrate as typical. On the other hand, the Flying Fortresses were little damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and fighters. They made several fine photographs of the Japanese carriers maneuvering far below, an indication of the true role of these heavy bombers in contemporary maritime warfare: long-distance reconnaissance by aircraft capable of defending themselves. The 349th, 42nd, and 431st squadrons of theEleventh Bomb Group and the 31st and 72nd squadrons of the Fifth Bomb Group participated in the attack.
Image Filename wwii1187.jpg
Image Size 111.83 KB
Image Dimensions 700 x 500
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed June 04, 1942
Location Eastern Island
City Eastern Island
State or Province Midway
Country Oceania
Archive United States Naval Historical Center
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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