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The best fighter escort aircraft protecting B-17s on their bombing missions over Europe was the P-51 Mustang, also flown in the Korean War.

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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.