B-17 Flying Fortress bomber

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Date
1940s ca.
Credit Line
Courtesy of the Air Force Historical Research Agency
Keywords
Jarrell, Randall; poem; World War II
Object ID
500004639

World War II bombers often relied on gunners inside turrets for defense against fighter planes. This extremely dangerous assignment was immortalized in Randall Jarrell’s 1945 poem, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.”