After 49 successful missions, Angel Babe is the Grande Damme of the 918th bomber fleet, and to some like her flight engineer, Sgt. Willets, she even seems to have a soul (and mind) of her own. Her endurance has earned her the label of good-luck charm to the men of the Group. Upon completion of her 50th mission, the Army has decided to retire her from active service and return her to the States for a life of leisure as a recruiting icon. But Angel Babe seems to have other ideas, as she suddenly develops a multitude of mechanical ailments that thwart that final-mission goal. Not only does this strange turn of events recast her as an albatross, it also casts a shadow of suspicion over Willets due to his insistence that she's not ready to withdraw from combat. Written by
Did You Know?
The 8th Air Force had bombers that survived the standard 25 mission tour. One, "Knock Out Dropper", completed 75 missions. See more
Colonel Gallagher puts "Angel Babe" into a dive to avoid flak. However, the stock footage used to show the dive is simply that of a B-17 in level flight which has been tilted as an angle. The clouds in the background are also at the same angle. See more