B-17F bomber of 97th BG of US 414th BS after collision with a German  fighter over Tunis in North Africa, 1 Feb 1943; this bomber landed safely and was repaired and put back in action. Photo 1 of 8

Caption   B-17F bomber of 97th BG of US 414th BS after collision with a German fighter over Tunis in North Africa, 1 Feb 1943; this bomber landed safely and was repaired and put back in action. Photo 1 of 8 ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Tunis, Tunisia
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Apr 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 May 2008 04:34:13 PM

Damage occurred over Tunis. Yellow band around National Insignia confirms aircraft was part of Operation Torch.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Nov 2009 07:18:11 PM

How tough was a Fortress:

This B-17F had its empennage sliced open,its
port stabilizer sheared off, in a collision
with a Messerschmitt Bf 109 over Tunisia in
February, 1943.
Despite near severing of the rear fuselage,
the pilot, 1st. Lt. Kenneth Bragg brought
the bomber back to a perfect landing at its
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Feb 2011 09:20:39 AM

The B-17 "All American" from the 414th BG after being rammed by a Focke Wulf Fw 190 in
Feb. 1942.
After hitting the All American, the Fw 190 hit another B-17, and tore off its wing,
both aircraft went down.
Held together by a few aluminum spares and control cables she returned to base at
Biskra, Algeria.
Correction the German fighter was a Fw 190,
some sources say a Bf 109.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
23 Feb 2015 07:14:17 AM


Believe it or not the B-17 was repaired and flew more combat missions, she was later scrapped on March 6, 1945.
5. JHR says:
18 Jan 2017 07:08:05 PM

Anyone know TSgt. Charles Foley, an USAAC photographer on an adjacent aircraft?

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