Al...At this time, I cannot locate the reference about Hap Arnold's remark, that "the B-24 would get you home faster but the B-17 would get you home more often", but it apparently was in relation to the conversion ofall of the B-24 units, to an all B-17 Combat 8th Air Force. This was only partially accomplished prior to the end of WW II, in Europe.
I will keep looking for the reference. I recall reading it somewhere.
From what I recall, it was at a Staff meeting.
James S. Peters Sr. T/Sgt B-17 Flt Engr, 27 missions 99 BG, 348BS, 5th Wing, 15th AAF Tortorella, (Foggia#2), Italy My Tour was from 12/03/44-06/19/45 M/Sgt USAF (Retired)