Shoot to Kill!
.I was watching a video on YouTube a few days ago, and I knew the answer to the question asked.
The question was what was the aircraft shown?*
Three people had answered before me, and had given the wrong answer, because of a simple error - the assumed the plane was a British heavy bomber.
From the first sight, I knew what the plane was - a B17 Flying Fortress - the only question I needed to ask was which variation, that was answered by the end of the video. It is the last version (G). The give for me is the tail turret, the G had an elongated gun position, not the swivel turret of the earlier editions.
The first giveaway is the structure of the fuselage, the British bombers were wider and shorter than their American counterparts. The US carried more powerful bombs, whereas the British carried more bombs.
One person said it was a Wellington, there are no Wellingtons capable of flying, the only remaining Wellington is at RAF Hendon under reconstruction.
Another person said Lancaster, it isn't a Lancaster as the "Lanc" has a distinctive bomb bay set up.
The third choice was Halifax. this is the closest to the air frame design, but the Halifax has a much wider base, and like most British bombers it had a rear turret.
After "Black Thursday," en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Raid_on_Schweinfurt US morale hit a low point. This was compounded by news that the Luftwaffe had rebuilt US planes and were flying them back in the formations www.historynet.com/luftwaffes-secret-squadrons.htm, and shooting down returning flights.
You can imagine the effect this had on the aircrews, not knowing if the plane flying back with you was going to shoot you down.
It was at this point, the President made two decisions, the first was to lengthen the fuselage of the B-17's to add a side gun position. The second, more important decision, was to order ALL bomber crews to have a Navajo Indian as radio operator. Once out of British air space, only the Navajo operator was allowed to talk.
If you spoke to a plane, and you didn't get a Navajo reply, the action from that point was sanctioned from the highest authority - No questions asked, shoot the plane down.