The "first" WWII Flying Fortress Bombardment Group (H) to fly combat missions in Europe (Aug'42 with the 8th AAF) and then in North Africa (Nov'42 with the 12th AAF) was the 97th with its four Bomb Squadrons (340th, 341st, 342nd and 414th). Consequently, this posting is for those history buffs interested in viewing never before seen photos and related documents regarding this unique period in our Aviation Military history.
These details are found in a book I authored regarding my father's life primarily focused on his military flying career. The electronic version of this book is freely available via the internet as a downloadable PDF file. Being a PDF file, you will note I reference herein and elsewhere both "Book" page numbers and the associated "PDF" page numbers for quick access to a given page(s).
To begin reading about this posting's subject matter (First B-17 Combat Bombardment Group to Europe & North Africa), it is recommended you start on Book page number 429 (PDF page number 505), which is at the end of Chapter 6, and read through Chapter 10. To download a copy of this book, perform the following steps:
1. Begin by referring to the following Facebook link: https://facebook.com...02118180261150/.
2. Once there, following the instructions for the latest posting (November 15, 2018 as of this post), which states:
Click on the following OneDrive link and "Save As" a copy of this book to a location of your choice on your PC for viewing this document:
Note it will take several minutes to download and save a copy of this book to your PC as the size of the PDF file is 242,152KB due to all the "images" that have been scanned in high-resolution and inserted into the book for detailed zooming. Once the PDF has been downloaded and saved to your PC, open with an Adobe reader product of your choice. If you have any problems or questions, please contact me for assistance at [email protected].