In the early 1940's, tens of thousands of young Americans embarked on an unprecedented struggle: To destroy, from the air, an enemy nation's ability to wage war.

This was the untested theory of daylight precision bombing. The reality was often much less than precise. But, thousands of lives were risked daily, and many lost, on this premise.

The four-engine heavy bomber was the principal weapon of this campaign. In the great aerial battles of World War II the most respected, and most loved by its crews, of these aircraft was the Boeing B17 Flying Fortress.

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