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This B-17C Flying Fortress arrived at Hickam Field from California at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It was hit during the approach and broke apart on landing, with crew members surviving — except a flight surgeon killed by strafing while fleeing the wreck (Dec. 7, 1941).

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HISTORY CORNER: World War II’s incredible flying fortress
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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.