B-17 Flying Fortress

Secret of World War II: B-17 Lady Jeannette – Part 5

This final submission to Argunners covers the period after the crew of the “Lady Jeannette” & “226″ returns to England to when the men return to the USA. With additional information of what happened until today. It consists of the story, documents and photographs that provide re-researchable proof the two Medal Of Honor Awards in question were falsified in …

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B-17 Flying Fortress Bebe - 603rd Squadron

Wiliam D. Whittaker talks about how he parachuted into a POW Camp

World War II veteran William D. Whittaker of the 398th Bomb Group, recalls the dramatic moments as he found himself jumping out of his B-17 after it was hit, parachuting right into a Prisoner of War camp. On November 2nd 1944, the target would be the heavily defended synthetic oil plant in Meersberg Germany, it was his …

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Secret of World War II: B-17 Lady Jeannette – Part 4

A series of articles, laying out the true events behind the creation of: “The Best Kept Secret Of World War Two!” In December, 1945, when it became known that General Patton had told his staff, he was quitting the Army so he could speak freely and after New Years, 1946, he was going to tell the American public …

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“Lady Jeannette” Damage consisted of the right wing, #4 outboard engine and cowling gone, with a fire blowing past the tail. The #3 inboard engine was the only engine that was undamaged and was providing emergency power. The #2, left wing, inboard engine had one or more cylinder heads gone and was pumping smoke out, leaving a trailing smoke trail. The #1, left wing outboard engine had been killed by the second FLAK burst, with it propeller blades unable to be feathered, they created a drag to the air flow around the engine. The bomb bay doors remained open, helping to increase the drag. When reviewed by Boeing engineers, who had helped build the B-17s, all of them agreed, she should have crashed immediately and she only kept flying because of the skill of the pilots and, if the damage had been different in any way, she would have crashed, except it all balanced out. (Credits: Model via Author)

Secret of World War II: B-17 Lady Jeannette – Part 3

A series of articles, laying out the true events behind the creation of: “The Best Kept Secret Of World War Two!” In December, 1945, when it became known that General Patton had told his staff, he was quitting the Army so he could speak freely and after New Years, 1946, he was going to tell the American public …

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Sen. John McCain and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer congratulate 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano, a WWII Army Air Corps B-17 bombardier, during a ceremony in his honor, in Washington, D.C., July 7, 2015. McCain and Spencer presented Pedevillano with the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster. He is the last survivor of his WWII unit. (Credits: U.S. Air Force photo/ Scott M. Ash)

2Lt. John R. Pedevillano receives Presidential Unit Citation

John R. Pedevillano John Robert Pedevillano served as a bombardier with the 306th Bomb Group. He was shot down on his sixth mission on 24 April 1944. He was flying in B-17 (serial number 42-31768 and nicknamed ‘Miss Carriage’), which crashed, and he was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). Presidential Unit Citation award A …

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