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B-17 Flying Fortresses at the Battle of Midway
« on: November 14, 2020, 02:50:35 PM »

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Then, somewhat after 0800, fifteen Army B-17s struck, raining down sticks of bombs from high altitude. Much was expected of this kind of attack, but no hits were scored, a result that further war experience would demonstrate was all-too-typical. On the other hand, the "Flying Fortresses" were little damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and fighters. They made several fine photographs of the Japanese carriers maneuvering far below, an indication of the true role of these heavy bombers in contemporary maritime warfare: long-distance reconnaissance by aircraft capable of defending themselves.

Last of the Midway attack force were eleven Marine SB2U dive bombers, which came on the scene some minutes after the B-17s. These older planes attacked the battleship Haruna. They, too, made no hits, but most of them survived.

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