Shortly after VE-DAY, in May of 1945, as a way of showing appreciation
for the ground personnel's efforts, the 303rd Bomb Group dispatched
low level flights over Europe, to give the ground personnel a first
view of the results of the bombing missions that they contributed to.
There was an official script describing the view
seen from the planes, telling a story of what the targets were.
narrative is shown on another page. Click
here to see the Continental Express Narrative.
First, a lineup of B-17s getting ready to take off. I'm
not positive that this picture was taken during the Continental Express
flight, but it is on the same roll of film, so I think it was.
The following are pictures taken from the B-17 . A
of the locations are obvious, such as the Eifel Tower, but
most of these are of unknown subjects. If anyone can identify
them, let me know.