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WW II Bomber "Liberty Bell" Destroyed In Fire
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 14, 2011 | AP

Posted on 06/14/2011 12:13:25 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark

OSWEGO, Ill. -- A World War II bomber made what appeared to be an emergency landing in a cornfield on Monday, and all seven people on board escaped before it was consumed by fire, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"The plane departed the airport, noted an emergency, and the pilot made what appears to be an emergency landing, after which the plane was consumed by fire," FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said in an e-mail. None of the passengers was injured.

The accident occurred right after the plane, known as the "Liberty Belle," took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport and the plane landed in an Oswego cornfield outside Chicago, Cory said. The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the incident.

Jim Barry, who lives in a nearby subdivision, told the Chicago Tribune he heard a low-flying plane and looked to see it. The engine on the bomber's left wing was on fire, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: b17; bomber; planecrash; veteran; worldwarii; wwii
This is really tragic from a historical standpoint. I don't even know how many B-17's are still operational, I assume the number is fewer than 10. I really hate to see something like this happen to a national treasure and reminder of our glorious freeing of the world and the tools that made it possible.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 12:13:31 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Saw her at the air show/open house at the Little Rock AFB last Fall.. This accident is a shame...

The B-17 is among my absolute favorite aircraft - and there are few still in flying condition.

Here she was at the LRAFB show:


2 posted on 06/14/2011 12:25:48 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: TheBattman

B-17 G

farewell old girl

RIP


3 posted on 06/14/2011 12:32:49 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Does anyone know if this id the beast that used to come to the Bullhead City/Lake Havasu City AZ area every so often? I can’t remember the name.

Damn shame to lose such a piece of history, but I’m glad that it wasn’t locked in a museum. Many people got to see it than would ever have. Of course I do hope there are a couple tucked away.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 12:38:53 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

5 posted on 06/14/2011 12:41:25 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

even after all these years, she held on long enough to let the crew escape...amazing.


6 posted on 06/14/2011 12:42:43 AM PDT by Irishguy
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Just Damn...


7 posted on 06/14/2011 12:44:33 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

my first thought:

illinois ... progressive central ... muslim central... anti-America central

destroying any and all American icons or inspiring images is on their agenda.

this would fit that agenda.

just my first thought


8 posted on 06/14/2011 12:47:29 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Shep Smith on Fox was saying there were fifteen flyable B-17s left in the world. Now there’s one less.


9 posted on 06/14/2011 12:56:25 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

I saw several of them land at an air show in California about 45 years ago. They were the ones used in the making of the TV series “12 O’clock High”. It was an almost eerie sight.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 1:11:22 AM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: haroldeveryman

“It was an almost eerie sight.’

I could be wrong, but is there one at Camarillo, CA airport (a former Air Force Base)?
They have a very good airshow usually in Aug.
And there is an Air Museum there.
Some sorts of restorations take place at Camarillo, also, I think.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 2:37:31 AM PDT by USARightSide ( FLAG DAY - - - Fly The Flag!)
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To: TheBattman

Great photo! Thanks. There is probably a photo of her in my air show archives.


12 posted on 06/14/2011 2:56:17 AM PDT by olezip
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Was it on a mission against the Illinois Nazis?

Seriously, a terrible loss. Another piece of history slips fades away.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 2:58:08 AM PDT by Figure11 (There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he doesn't know whether he believes in it or not.)
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To: haroldeveryman
As an FYI - 12 O'clock High, the 1949 BW film, starring Gregory Peck as Gen. Frank Savage, is available in several video formats.

Of the authors of the book (same name), Beirne Lay and Sy Bartlett, Bartlett was a member of Gen. Spaatz's staff.

14 posted on 06/14/2011 3:18:38 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Figure11

I hate Illinois Nazis!


15 posted on 06/14/2011 4:02:06 AM PDT by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

This aircraft visited the Tulsa area last fall and offered flights to those able to pay. The golf course I play most often sits right across the road from that GA airport so I got to see the Liberty Belle take off several times. It was an impressive sight.

So sad to see an end of aviation history and personal history. My dad was a B-17 crewman in WW2.


16 posted on 06/14/2011 4:06:53 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

My uncle Lloyd was also a crewman on a B-17. He took home a DSC and a Silver Star and I don’t think he was 21 years old at the time.
My dad flew C-46 cargo in the CBI as a civilian pilot for the AAF.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 4:14:09 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: TheBattman

A friend’s dad took dozens of pictures of the art work on the planes in WW2. He got the collection a few years back.


18 posted on 06/14/2011 4:19:38 AM PDT by healy61
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
There is such a romance for these planes, it really is heartbreaking to hear about another one going down. I hope you don't mind, but I'll share a bit of a story I wrote seven years ago:

We lost one B-17 to a German fighter before we reached Frankfurt. The bombardier had to adjust the norden bomb site on our target through heavy flak and cloud cover. After totally obliterating the German Hiddernheim Engine Factory (top left picture) my squadron of B-17s banked right towards the new course heading while still under flak attack. I was looking out the left waist window when something exploded on the left wing (top right picture). Black smoke began to belch out of engine number two and the plane began banking out of control. The pilot must have been wounded from the explosion. Our plane collided with one plane (bottom left picture), then another. Then those two planes collided with each other. (bottom right picture) The second plane was left with no wings (top) while my plane and the third one (middle and bottom) were left with only a quarter wing. Nobody was able to bail out. I died; game over. It was mayhem.

I’ve been playing this PC game called “B-17 Flying Fortress”. It's an incredibly vivid WWII flight simulator for the B-17 Bomber. You have to learn every operation in the plane as well as for the missions. The flight out is always terrifying because we’re being attacked by enemy planes. The flight back is always long because I have to keep patching up my wounded crew. Usually it takes me 2 hours to complete a mission successfully (without time skips it would take 8 hours out and 8 hours to return.) A complete waste of time? No, I listen to Hugh Hewitt while I'm playing (radio operator too)! It's so wonderful feeling like I get to touch a bit of history and have something vaguely in common with my military as a civilian.

19 posted on 06/14/2011 4:43:14 AM PDT by conservativeimage.com ("Uh, let me be clear. Uh." - President Barack Obama)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

What a shame. Saw her several times down here at our little St. Simons airport.

She was a beautiful bird.

Tatt


20 posted on 06/14/2011 6:33:23 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

http://www.airportjournals.com/Photos/0801/X/0801006_6.jpg

What a loss.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 6:52:25 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: USARightSide

The air show I referred to was held in Lancaster, CA in 1966, give or take a year. The B-17’s were flown in from the LA area and had been used for scenes in a “12 o’ clock high” television series (NOT the movie) that was aired during the middle 60’s. It starred Robert Lansing as Brigadier General Frank Savage. I just went to Google. DVD’s of the TV series are available.


22 posted on 06/14/2011 12:47:13 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: jamaksin

See post No. 22.


23 posted on 06/14/2011 12:49:35 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: conservativeimage.com

I have the old B-17 Flying Fortress game that only runs on Windows 98. Loved it. I tried to run it under Windows XP but it won’t load. Do you have any suggestions? Great pics.


24 posted on 06/14/2011 1:29:13 PM PDT by tweakDU
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To: tweakDU

See if you can scrounge up a Windows 98 or 98SE CD. (don’t worry about the key, you can find 98 keys on the Internet. Since Microsoft doesn’t support or sell it any more, they don’t care about the keys.)

After getting a full copy of 98, then download and install VMware on your pc. VMware will give you a virtual machine and you can install 98 on that machine.

Freepmailme for details if you are interested. You will have to download a VMware add on with video drivers and a SoundBlaster PCI driver for the virtual sound card.


25 posted on 06/14/2011 8:12:59 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: tweakDU

I had the same problem with XP on a Dell tower. There was a program conflict with the OS and B-17. A whole bunch of troubleshooting, futsing with drivers, I decided to install Windows 97 (requires less than one GB!) and the required drivers to make 97 work on the Dell Hell. Then B-17 ran perfectly.
main power - on
open cowl flaps 1 - 2
turbo chargers - on
throttle set to 1000 rmp
ignition to both
meshing - whRrRrRr Ptttt ROOoomm!
Now repeat for engines 2, 3, 4,


26 posted on 06/15/2011 11:11:08 AM PDT by conservativeimage.com ("Uh, let me be clear. Uh." - President Barack Obama)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU!


27 posted on 06/23/2011 5:17:56 PM PDT by tweakDU
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Any word on what caused the fire?


28 posted on 06/23/2011 5:24:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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