Info on a Pilot/Col. Langford
My question is this: Was it normal to fly at 12,050 ft when flying over a bomb target? I was under the impression that B-17s typically flew at 20-23 thousand ft? That they didn't fly low because it made them a target to flak hits?
My Uncle Fred Beach was killed while flying a mission over Belgrade, Yugo, May 7, 1944. COl. Langford choose most of his crew to fly this mission. I have now learned from a ball gunner that witnessed the plane being hit by flak and going down that Langford was flying way to low over the bomb target. I believe at about 12,050 ft. In the MACR Langford states he was at 20,000 ft when hit.
I found in another forum conversation that Langford was a part of another low formation where 2 B-17s were shot down. This was months earlier.
I don't want to point fingers or anything, just try to understand why and how this happened. If anyone can help me understand more about this and more about Langford, I would really appreciate the education.
You all have been so helpful to me and I want to thank you upfront!