ROGER SOUPART SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON A HARROWING IMAGE OF A DOOMED B-17
WORLD WAR TWO EIGHTH AIR FORCE
One of the most dramatic photos of the air war over Europe depicts a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress caught in a fireball. A wing folds away from the fuselage and the stricken bomber falls to earth like a leaf in autumn. Entombed within is its crew.