B-17 Flight Log

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four engine heavy bomber employed primarily by the U.S. Army Air Forces in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets’

The U. S. Eighth Air Force based at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England helped secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of Europe.

From September 4, 1943 to February 21, 1944 (a little over 6 months) during the height of World War II, Navigator Joel Punches kept a daily log of the activities of the flight crew of their B-17. They were assigned to the Eighth Air Force, 385th Bomb Wing & the 550th Squadron , “The Red Squadron”. The log speaks for itself about the daily life and death of B-17 crews during this horrific time.