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The first experimental model of the B-17 bomber crashed on its first test flight, killing three on board, but Boeing was allowed to continue developing the aircraft, with more than 12,000 eventually being built.

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Luftwaffe fighter escorts wounded B-17 bomber

The American bomber was so badly shot up, it was a sitting duck for the German Messerschmidt 109 fighter plane.