Aviation Photo #1225767 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (299P) - USA - Air Force

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Taken by my Great Uncle during World War Two. This was taken from a gunners position on top of the aircraft. This photo was taken after a flack attack from German ground troops. I have come to find out that there are not many photos left of this squadron and that not many were taken. Sadly my Great Uncle has passed away and his wife and his brother gave me permission to share this photo with A. net.
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    Frank Wulff
    USA - Air Force
    Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (299P)
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (299)
    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (299)
    Boeing
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    In Flight
    Germany
    1943
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Photo Added: June 19, 2007

Comments (71)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Thanks for sharing this unique historical picture. It is a very unusual angle, with sharp details considering the conditions.
Anonymous
10 years ago
An amazing bit of living history. Great shot and thanks for sharing.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The history which is behind this photo is great.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing piece of history. Thank you for sharing. I wish I had been around back then to see these things fly in person
Anonymous
10 years ago
This picture offers a unique document. Many thanks.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent quality and very interesting angle!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing it with us. The clarity and composition are among the best I've ever seen in a WW II aircraft picture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent Shot Thank you very much for sharing. They are truly unique especially the angle and clarity of this one.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really outstanding photo, great quality for being as old as it is. Bless your uncle for his service.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's the most impressive picture I've ever seen. Great piece of history. I just love it!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Outstanding photo!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Definitly a good angle, as well as the history behind it. This was definitly the time when airplanes were made of aluminium and the men were made of steel.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thankyou for displaying this photograph. With my now passed-away relatives who were also up there as part of the allied war-effort I totally approve of its display and meaning. 'Lest We Ever Forget.'
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow what a history piece we have here!
Perfect photo, thank you for sharing with us!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a great picture, thanks for sharing.. I wonder what the contrails looked like with many of these magnificent airplanes flying closely together.
Anonymous
10 years ago
One phenomenal photo, your uncle definitely had the right idea! Bless him and many thanks to him for his service, and thank you and your family for sharing this photo...a real piece of living history, and an absolutely superb image given its age!! Thank you, sir! Jaysen - Wichita, KS
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo very nice contrail
Anonymous
10 years ago
I am of the age when these guys were heros to us and I find this an exciteing photo, it looks like they just opened the bombay and have yet to release the bombs,just think those bombs were going to go by very closely to the photographer.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Razor sharp immage of a great aircraft, bombbay open and ready for a rather nasty discharge.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very clear - dramatic - the b-17 has bomb bay doors open - ready to drop its payload - vapor trails indicate high altitude precision bomb effort - low success rate on bombing accuracy - good luck!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good !!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great combat photo of a gallant fighting lady!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This shot is great because of the contrast between the subject and background,its steady and clear,also loads of action-bombay open,contrails,props spinning in the light,very purposefull shot and historic-excellent!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing historical picture from the past shows unique perspective.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Brilliant photo of a bygone era. This shot is so evocative of the aircraft of WWII and more importantly, what the guys up their doing their jobs really saw. I can almost hear the heavy drone of the engines and woosh of air around the canopy! Thank your relatives for giving us a glimpse of history!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Top shot not many of these around. my father was a lancaster pilot so i can appreciate this as in night raids you didn't get muck chance of this type of shot
Anonymous
9 years ago
Just the history makes amazing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
A brillian picture showing in detail what so many went through so many years ago.you can hear the roar of the radials, feel the vibrations and sense the danger that they were in each and every minute of the flight.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Fantastic this moment of history.here in brazil is very difficult to see one fhoto like this.sorry my poor english,but my total congratulicions!!!!! candido ponton brazil
Anonymous
9 years ago
Excellent historic picture!!! love the way the props smoke, looks like four old steam locomotives!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Fantastic!! Thank you very much Frank! A Flower to ur Great uncle.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It is a master piece of work and amazing photo of work. sincerely,max nitke
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very nice!!! thank you! i have always loved to see one taken this way... in flight ... in action! :P
Anonymous
9 years ago
B17's the best bomber, aircraft
Anonymous
9 years ago
I love the white lines behind the aircraft! How did you get it like that?!?!?!? cool!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hot damn! thank you for this terrific shot! any more?
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is an awesome pic of one of History's most intense times.I try to wonder the feelings of the men on board,the noise,the fear.Everything comes to me with this pic.Amazing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is definately worth a thousand words. This picture is a piece of history. I think everyone owes a lot to your great uncle and all those who served with him and are serving today in the US armed forces. Thank you very much for sharing this.
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a beautiful aircraft was the B17!
Thanks a lot, Frank.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This photo reminds us of aviation's place in defending free people, and of a generation of aviator who lead the way to our now, common place, worldwide aviation industry.
I see tremendous historic value in this photo.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Geat photo, and what a tribute to our Air Force soldiers for Memorial & Vetrans Day
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great picture from truly dark days. Allies bombing cities full of refugees, germans killing millions. Everyone doing their duty /giving their lives. Those bombers (crews) where taken out too by 88's & luftwaffe regulary. It wasn't like the allies had superior machinery like today.. Dark, dark days indeed. Thank you and your family for memorizing & sharing!
Anonymous
9 years ago
.... really a great shot and big historic value. Yes dark days over Germany, and dark days over the world. This picture shows me after years what my father meant. He was a gunner on the 88 AA-gun, and he said to me, 40 years ago, "son, we looked at the contrails, proofed the altitude and then we knew, we could never reach them with our AA-gun. As the bomb bays opened we fired. Yes we knew we couldn
Anonymous
9 years ago
My respects to these great men from both sides that lived and died on the skies with true untold heroism. Let their example live forever. Seems so unreal and far away in time as if it had never happened. Thanks for the homage.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It`s pretty cool.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Simply amazing!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
One day while walking to my car in Fargo, North Dakota I heard the drone of four radials and was treated to the sight of "Sentimental Journey" coming in from west on final. Sadly, as the years go by, the significance of this aircraft will dim into meaningless obscurity. "B17" to any 20 something gets a blank stare, but Lil Wayne....
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is simply amazing... I wouldn't be faking if I said it almost made cry... Yeah guys, this was the aviation in wich you flew with your hands, your feet, a good mate by your side and your heart.
A truly masterpiece, with no doubts.
Anonymous
8 years ago
An amazing picture there Frank. Not only that, the history behind it. A+
Anonymous
8 years ago
This photo entices me to take a ride with this plane on the next Oshkosh EAA airshow.
Anonymous
8 years ago
My father flew G-models over Germany. Juxtaposition the men who flew these with those coming out of our schools today: Dad was a B-17 command pilot, flight leader (3 aircraft) and directly responsible for the training, care and feeding of his crew - all at the age of 19 years old! Shot down and survived 18 months as a POW in Luftstalag 1. Very few such men are made today.
Anonymous
8 years ago
B-17, Best weapon of the WWII and this photo best photo of B-17.
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is an incredible photograph. Thank you and your family for sharing it with us.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I just want to say one word, "Stunning"
Anonymous
8 years ago
That's a great picture
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unique close up of bomb doors open
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome photo, M47 white phosphorus bombs in the bomb bay.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Every since I a young child I had heard the stories of the B-17s during the mid-50s my uncle operated to B-17s out of the Bahamas calling produce. It would call a lot of produce but it would drink a hell of a lot of gas. When I was a child I would draw B-17s. I'm a quadriplegic and some friends helped put me into a B-17 for a ride. Those men froze at that altitude. A great memorial to the man who flew them!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thanks for sharing this with us......
Anonymous
7 years ago
Love seeing rare photos.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is an amazing find. You just don't get to see many pictures like this.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unique and authentic, this dramatic B&W picture highlight the proximity of flight formation during WWII. Thank you for sharing.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I love to see these rare photos!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wonderful historic shot, thank you to you and your family for sharing it.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thank you for sharing with us. A taste of horror and unbelievable destruction.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The best and bravest flew these missions, thank you for the picture.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It made wonder how the crew were feeling, seeing something so beautiful while risking death to fight for freedom
Anonymous
5 years ago
From Canada
Oh my GOD, it must had been pretty close of the target, the bomb bay doors are open, and the temp up-there must had been around minus 40
Anonymous
5 years ago
Thanks to all the crews that flew the missions. My Father included.

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