B-17 Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby Graphics Set

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This is one of the best preserved B-17G bombers existing today. Named after a hit song of the Andrews Sisters, this Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and crew tried to accomplish a 25 mission tour of duty and — like most of the U.S. Army Air Force daylight heavy bombers — did not do so, failing to return on her 24th  mission in May 1944. Fortunately, Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby and her crew were not shot down and none of her crew were lost. Instead a forced landing was made in neutral Malmö Sweden. She first lost an engine en route to a target within Poznan Poland, then lost a second after delivering her ordinance (this was the decision point to divert to Sweden) and losing a third engine approaching the field where several other USAAF bombers would land that day. The bomber crews were repatriated (with the understanding none would return to combat) and aircraft ownership was transferred from the U.S. government to that of Sweden.  From there Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby flew for an airline in Sweden, then an airline in Denmark and, finally, flying in France for a mapping firm. After that she was recovered, flown to the U.S. and restored after a decade long effort — eventually exhibited as she was, as a combat heavy bomber veteran, in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.