2 nd attempt: October 14, 1943 291 planes attacked. 59 shot down, 1 ditched in the Channel, 5 crashed in England & 12 scrapped due to damage= 77 lost 8 th Air Force lost 176 bombers in Oct. 1943.
Weakness Luftwaffe figured out that 20 hits from a 20mm gun in the tail section would bring a B-17 down. To accomplish this, they would fire over 1000 rounds at the bomber. Or attack from the front
Pacific Theatre 5 B17 groups in the Pacific Theatre Used sparingly because they had so few.
Legacy Crews loved them Legends grew (Memphis Belle) Today a handful tour the country keeping history alive.