|John & B-17G|
The B-17G was of special interest. You may have read the previous blog entries regarding my mom's brother, my Uncle Jule (Juke) Steunenberg, who survived the war only to be killed on July 20th, 1946 in a post war accident when two B-17G's clipped wings while searching for three missing P-47 Thunderbolts off Coiba Island, Republic of Panama. I will include links to the accident report and about Uncle Jule at the bottom of this post.
So enjoy a few pics of of these wonderful old Warbirds on this Memorial Day weekend, and please reflect on all the men and women who have been lost in service to our country.
Starting with a few pics and will probably add more as I go. Click on any of the pics for the enlarged slide show.
|Flying over my house!|
|Lying on my back looking up through the|
open bomb bay doors. Don't drop the bomb!
|Turret was not open for tours. I wouldn't fit|
|1st class with back cushion|
|Looking down at the top on the belly turret. X marks the trapdoor through which the|
crew member would enter. A tight fit.
|This one from the Collings Foundation website.Bombardier station.|
|Here's one I took of the bombardiers station from the outside.|
|ARC-5 series radios.|
|BC-348 in the radio room.|
Monday, May 25, 2009: "CQ,CQ,CQ, this is W6WFV....William 6, William, Frank, Victor...CQ, CQ, CQ" ...Memorial Day 2009...and "dits" and "dahs"
You can see a little more radio stuff if you scroll about half way down over in the right hand column of this blog.
|This pic from the Collings Foundation website as they couldn't drop any bombs on the fly byes.|
|Dual cockpit/dual seater so you can take a ride. I watched a couple guys check off a bucket list item at $2,200 for 30 minutes or $3,200 for a full hour.|
|From the Collings Foundation website since I wasn't able to get up close to the cockpit.|
|I couldn't leave without a B-17G T-shirt.|
Related Blog Post & Links
Monday, September 3, 2012
Dog Tags, Ribbons & Pins
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Jule "Juke" Steunenberg killed in air crash 7/20/1946
Monday, November 10, 2008
Veteran's Day November 11, 2008 - Staff Sargent Jule Steunenberg
Army Air Forces Report of Major Accident (may be prompted to grant permission for download)
397th Bombardment Squadron
If you are family, friend, veteran, historian, etc. and have any more info on the above squadron, the accident, the B-17G pilot Paul J. Hydo or my Uncle Jule Steunenberg―I would love to hear from you.
|397th Bombardment Squadron emblem|
|B-17 patrolling the Panama Canal zone WWII. |
Click on the pic and go to my Fold3 account for better viewing.
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Former B-17 pilot reflects on World War II, D-Day
'Get up close and personal' with B-17 at museum opening
From the above link: Lacey Lady (then Sky Chief) above it's former home over a Texaco station in Milwaukee, Oregon.
|Can't believe we missed this on our trips through Oregon.|