|Clark Moore and the Lil' Eight Ball|
During World War II, he flew on B17 Flying Fortresses in the 8th Air Force. A photographer, he flew on several missions over Europe. His role was to photograph formations and other aspects of the mission for tactical and public relations purposes. His position on the plane was side gunner. Although he had been trained to fire the .30 caliber machine gun he was responsible for, the superstitious crews never liked to have him along. They preferred their own gunner.
|Photo by Clark Moore|
Posted by Steven Moore, CEO, Science Approach
Sources: Personal recollections and Wikipedia.
*Designed by Boeing, the B17 wasn't truly a government innovation. However, the Army Air Corps funded its development and recognized its capabilities.