A B-17 Fortress makes its final approach returning from a combat mission. The co-pilot, clearly visible, assists his captain with the landing – the aircraft has taken some damage from fighters and is a handful on the approach. With wheels and flaps down, engines throttled back, the skipper eases the big machine gently down the glide path towards touchdown, amidst the peaceful countryside of East Anglia.
In a few moments the last crews will be safely down as the English winter landscape welcomes them home from yet another grueling bombing raid over occupied Europe.
For those on the ground there were few sights more stirring than a B-17 Fortress on its final approach, and Robert Taylor’s now legendary image captures a magical English winter landscape welcoming another American Fortress crew home to safety.
Published in 1993 the print is personally autographed by some of the most famous B-17 veterans to serve during WWII including a recipient of the Medal of Honor and two of the first aircrew to fly USAAF heavy-bombers to Berlin:
Colonel WILLIAM LAWLEY MOH
Colonel HARRY MUMFORD
Captain ALVIN BROWN
General ROBERT BURNS