Remembering a B-17 Mission: Or How You Get Awarded Two Medals of Honor and Seven Distinguished Service Crosses
02/01/2017: Army Air Forces pilot Capt. Jay Zeamer and his crew piloted their B-17 Flying Fortress — nicknamed “Old 666” — on one of the most daring aerial missions of World War II.
Sent on a photo reconnaissance mission on June 16, 1943, he and his men fended off 17 enemy fighters while accomplishing their mission.
From this near-suicide mission, the crew would be awarded two Medals of Honor and seven Distinguished Service Crosses.
For a look at the only B-17 still flying in Europe, see the following: