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In contrast to the raids, the Bs were now heavily escorted by P Thunderbolts and P Mustang long-range escort fighters, which brought down bomber losses considerably—though nearly Bs were shot down during Big Week, this was out of aircraft participating. Besides irretrievably damaging German industry, the bombers also served as bait to draw the Luftwaffe into direct combat with USAAF fighters, which would end in the practical destruction of the German air force by summer As it was, attacking B combat boxes was already difficult.
It was not uncommon for Bs to return to base missing parts of the tail, the nose, engines, and pieces of wing. Bs formed the backbone of the 8th Air Force, dropping , tons of bombs—more than any other Allied bomber. Appropriately, seventeen B aircrew were awarded the Medal of Honor, more than any other aircraft in US history.
Others were passed to the US Navy as PBW-1s, the first airborne early warning aircraft in history, or to the Coast Guard as PB-1G maritime patrol, search and rescue aircraft, and fishery protection aircraft.
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Some survivors were converted to firefighting aircraft. Today, 53 Bs still exist, 13 in flyable condition, most of them BGs, out of a total production of 12, Edmunds in As the tour for bomber crews was raised from 25 to 30 during this time period, the crew's desire for "Just Once More" to finish their tour and get home is very understandable--as well as the fatigue shown by the nose art!
The 94th BG had been in action since June , and had the distinction of being the only bomb group to ever make two passes over a defended target in Germany--an act thought to be suicidal--when it attacked the Braunschweig aircraft factory on 11 January