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Destiny's Tot

"Destiny's Tot" was a four engine B-17 Bomber.

Destiny's Tot

"Destiny's Tot" was a four engine B-17 Bomber.

Destiny's Tot

The aircraft was flown almost exclusively by American Air Forces. It carried a crew of ten men, four officers and six enlisted men. The B-17 was not pressurized, had a bombing altitude of 30,000 feet, and a ground speed of about 180 mph at altitude. It could carry about 4 tons of bombs and stay in the air ten or eleven hours, depending on the altitude it was assigned to fly.

The airmen who flew the B-17 nicknamed it the "Queen of the Sky". It was easy to fly, very forgiving on landings, and responded quickly to commands from the pilots. The "17" could absorb more punishment from ground fire and enemy fighters than any other plane that flew combat during the Second World War.

The crew members of "Destiny's Tot" were Pilot R.M. Smith, Co-Pilot Bill Booher, Bombardier Tarkington, Navigator Lou Feingold, Top Turret K. Morrision, Radio Al Mele, Waist Gunners Onesi and Adams, Ball Turret J. Eshuis, and Tail Gunner T. Hearn.

In 1944, the B-17 "Destiny's Tot" was hit by enemy fire and the crew were forced to bail out with their parachutes some 50mi north of Paris. They watched the plane as it crashed into the ground and became a burning wreckage.


Sponsored by Marvin and Leslie Levant in honour of George Meloff, RCAF and Arthur Rich, RCAF, Navigator

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