Saturday, May 23, 2009

Liberty Belle lands in Sioux Falls

The restored WWII B-17 Liberty Belle was on display at Joe Foss Field here in Sioux Falls this week. My younger son and I paid a visit and walked through the plane.

She reminds us of what Memorial Day is all about. From Wikipedia,

Approximately 4,750, or one third, of B-17s built were lost in combat...

...14 October 1943 would later come to be known as "Black Thursday". Of the 291 attacking Fortresses, 59 were shot down over Germany, one ditched in the English Channel, five crashed in England, and 12 more were scrapped due to battle damage or crash-landings, a total loss of 77 B-17s. 122 bombers were damaged to some degree and needed repairs before their next flight. Out of 2,900 men in the crews, about 650 men did not return, although some survived as POWs. Five were killed and 43 wounded in the damaged aircraft that made it home, and 594 were listed as Missing in Action. Only 33 bombers landed without damage. The resulting losses were a result of concentrated attacks by over 300 German fighters.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Liturgy of Good Friday, Book of Common Prayer).


The Archer of the Forest said...

I so wanted to go down and see this plane, but for obvious reasons I have had my hands full this week :).

I've been on a few other B-17s. Military History majors get excited about this stuff.

Alice C. Linsley said...

May their sacrifices be remembered and honored. May God grant peace to their souls, and mercy to us all.