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Bill Couch | 349th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force - Army Air Corps

8:19   |   They couldn't keep up with the formation. With flak damage affecting the engines, the pilot had to drop out. B-17 bombardier Bill Couch managed to hit a German fighter with the .50 cal machine gun he had up in the nose but that didn't do anything to keep the big plane aloft. They lost one engine, then another. Could they keep two going? Part 2 of 3.

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