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Aircraft mechanics of the USAAF 398th Bombardment Group change a B-17 engine, Nuthampstead, England, United Kingdom, May 1944 to Apr 1945

Caption   Aircraft mechanics of the USAAF 398th Bombardment Group change a B-17 engine, Nuthampstead, England, United Kingdom, May 1944 to Apr 1945 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Apr 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Jun 2010 08:00:46 PM

Keep'em Fly'in Ground crews kept the aircraft combat ready the flight mechanics,were enlisted personnel After basic military training,they were sent to technical schools, and received training on engine maintenance,hydraulics,instruments electrical systems. Specialists needed to keep the aircraft in the air. Radio repair, armours to maintain the weapons, bombsight technicians, and other specialists they were all part of a team, and its mission, was to keep the aircraft ready for any maximum effort. Anything the bomber crews needed to keep their aircraft combat ready, was passed on to the ground crew. The crew chief was the man in charge of the aircraft, and he made sure it was ready to fly. Every man was a specialist and those men did what ever it took to keep their ship part of the squadron or group. Sometimes a homemade fix,would solve a small problem, flack and bullet holes were repaired with metal skin patch, and a few rivets while others took more time to repair,but the ground crews did a impossible job, they were the unsung heroes of World War II. By 1944 the USAAF had 2,400,000 personnal, 80,000 aircraft and over 700 bases world wide Other Nations had seperate Air Forces, the British had the RAF,Germany had the Luftwaffe The USAAF, would remain part of the US Army until it became independent of the Army, and became the United States Air Force on September 17, 1947.

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