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A B 17 Air Fortress hit by a Flak shot that almost cut the bomber’s tail, cutting the plane in half. The two rear gunners died in the explosion but the rest of the crew managed to make it back their base.
The port wing of a B-24 fatally buckles after being hit by a flak round, resulting in the deaths of ten crew.
“Two members of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crew “hit the silk” after their bomber is hit by flak over the aircraft assembly plant at Wiener-Neustadt, Austria. Shortly after the picture was made the rest of the crew bailed out and the plane exploded..” June 5th 1944 (via)