The Stories of Those Flying EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast – Jack Dodson

The B-17G has a remarkable story. One filled with daring missions and personal sacrifice. More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World War II. These are stories of those who have or will come aboard EAA’s Aluminum Overcast in 2016.

11/10/16 – Jack Dodson recently flew on EAA’s B-17. He was a B-17 tail gunner in the 398th Bomb Group, the same squadron that is represented on Aluminum Overcast. He flew 35 missions in the tail and when asked what stands out the most about those missions he said it was the cold. “The cold was terrible,” Jack said. “I remember the worst mission ever we had it down to 60 below zero. I don’t think I was ever that cold in my life. Of course you didn’t notice the cold when the flak and fighters came up.”

Throughout the tour season, we will highlight stories in this gallery of those who ride on our B-17. All photos belong to the veterans, families, or bomb groups. Visit for more information on our tour or to take a flight.

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