The B17 Flying Fortress “Blackjack” Bomber is possibly the most famous bomber in the South West Pacific theatre of operations. Blackjack was part of the 43rd bomb group of the 5th Air Force. On July 17, 1943, while returning from a raid on Rabaul, she was forced to ditch through lack of fuel and severe thunderstorms. She now lies on a white sandy bottom at 165 feet of water off Boga Boga village in the Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea. She is completely intact, even her guns move in their mounts.
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Pictures courtesy of Josh Tappert.