The Original Hell’s Angels

303rd Bombardment Group of World War II
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Presented by Jon Fiorella
Community Room, 3rd Floor

This is the story of the WWII B-17 bomber known as “Hell’s Angels” which was part of the U.S. Army Air Force’s 303rd Bombardment Group. In the first years of the war a crewman only had about a 1 in 5 chance of completing the required 25 missions. Bomber crews and submariners had the highest casualty rates in WWII – even higher than the Marines.

In this presentation you will come to appreciate what a typical mission encompassed and the hardships the men endured. This talk will also cover the evolution of the U.S. Army Air
Corps into the U.S. Army Air Forces and later into the modern U.S. Air Force.

Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome.

Image: Boeing B-17F “Hell’s Angels” provided by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.