This book reveals what it was like to fly and fight in the B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. From 1942-45 the USAF conducted daylight bombing raids against Germany. The opposition grew increasingly powerful, as the majority of Luftwaffe aircraft were deployed in the defence of the Reich. What was it like to fly ten hour missions over occupied Europe? What were your chances of surviving a complete tour of operations? And how did you nurse a damaged bomber back across the North Sea?