Nine-O-Nine, B-17

A restored B-17 bomber crashed in Connecticut. Seven people were killed and seven injured. The aircraft functioned as a flying museum, barnstorming the country and offering rides.

The aircraft had been restored to resemble the Nine-O-Nine a B-17 that flew over 140 combat missions. The history of the aircraft is reflected in the “nose art.”


The nose art signified two things. It identified the aircraft, based on the crew preferences. It also documented accomplishments: bombing missions flown and aircraft shot down. The bombs indicate missions and the Swastikas indicate aircraft shot down.

Here is a photo of fighter ace Fred Christensen.

American ace fighter pilot Captain Fred J. Christensen (1921 – 2006) in the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt fighter, circa 1944. Christensen flew bomber escort missions with the United States Army Air Forces, 56th Fighter Group, based at RAF Halesworth in Suffolk. Each of the 22 swasitkas painted on the fuselage of the plane represents a German aircraft destroyed. Christensen’s official number of victories was 21.5, However. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

I mourn the loss of life as a result of the crash. There are very few B-17 aircraft still in flying condition, that is also a loss. Another tragedy arising out of this incident that will go largely unnoticed was reflected in a twitter that I will not link to here. It reflects badly on schools and the poor education they offer.

The writer celebrated the loss of the aircraft and the racists that were on board when it crashed. The logic being that the airplane displayed swastikas and therefore represented white supremacy.

Liberals, such educated, caring wonderful people.