In the summer of 1943, the Allies decided to change their military strategy against Nazi Germany in Europe. In order to defeat Germany, they needed to take out German's vital supply factories. The most effective way to do this would be by daylight bombing. The 8th Air Force used hundreds of planes, primarily the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress to carry out the plan. The effectiveness of the strategy was great. Supply factories all over Germany were destroyed and kept out of operation. However, casualties were high due to the risk of such a mission. The bombers would fly in a huge formation from England deep into Germany, with Nazi fighter opposition and antiaircraft artillery following them the entire way. The Allies continued to use daylight bombing strategies throughout the war.
THE FLYING FORTRESS
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