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This B-17F named “All American III” was almost cut in half by a collision with a Luftwaffe Me 109 over Tunisia, but the pilot was able to bring the bomber home safely, with the tail gunner miraculously surviving.

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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.