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After The Storm
This particular B-17 is the "Nine-O-Nine" of the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group. Having completed 140 combat missions "Nine-O-Nine" is believed to hold the record for the most missions of the Eighth Air Force, in addition to this, no crew members were ever lost. Having survived the War, the aircraft is now owned and flown by the Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts and appears at many air shows.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress & North American P-51 Mustangs
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The title "After The Storm" not only reflects the weather of the air show as "Nine-O-Nine" waits following the downpour of rain for her turn to fly, but also reflects the old survivor as she is now "After The Storm" that was World War Two.World War Two caused the creation of many unique aircraft but the "Flying Fortress" was the most photographed heavy US bomber from 1939 through to 1943. The B-17-C/D models were flying before WW2 in significant numbers and the E/F models started the daylight bombing campaign in England during the first two years of the war. The 1943 documentary movie "Memphis Belle" also helped gain this aircraft wide recognition.This painting was inspired by a photograph by well known and respected photographer Patrick Bunce whose photo’s can be seen adorning many a good aviation book. Patrick was pleased with by this effort and now has a print of this painting.