There are tales of Fortresses returning crippled in battle, of Forts being
cut in two and joined together again to fly and fight again. There are tales of
Fortresses flying for hours with controls shot out, of fuselage or tail
assemblies chewed almost through as a result of mid-air impact with friend or
foe . . . .
Tales also of Fortresses exploding suddenly in the air, caught by lethal
shards of flak, scattering their crews like discarded dolls . . . . of
Fortresses breaking in two and falling to earth like huge spinning sycamore
seeds . . . . of wing spars burning though, instantly turning a graceful
airplane into a cart-wheeling tomb . . . . of flight decks consumed by exploding
flares fed by pure oxygen, turning the whole length of the plane into a deadly
These are the stories of the named B17s of the 91st Bombardment Group based at Bassingbourn, England. "Ack-Ack Annie", "Cheri", "General Ike", "Jack the Ripper", "Little Patches", "Memphis Belle", "Outhouse Mouse", "Sheriff's Posse", "Texas Chubby", "Village Flirt", "Zootie Cutie"... and many, many more. Planes which had been lovingly named and painted with humorous, outstanding and sometimes outrageous artworks. Planes selected at random to suffer destruction in battle, slow dismemberment by salvage crews or bask in a glorious return from whence they had come.
A full colour signed Limited Edition print has been produced from the cover painting by Ray Bowden.