B-17 Flying Fortress

USAAF Photo - Public Domain

Suggested Discussion Questions

  1. Why was the B-17 called the "Flying Fortress"?

  2. What were the reasons for WWII?

  3. Why did Germany wage war on its European neighbors?

  4. How might your life be different if Germany won WWII?

  5. Would it have been possible for The United States to stay out of World War II?

  6. What role did the Nazis Party and Adolph Hitler have in WWII?

  7. Over 12,000 B-17s were built, why were so many needed?

  8. What country were the B-17s based in?

  9. Why did Germany not invade Great Briton?

  10. Did Germany have plans to invade United States?

  11. How long did it take the B-17s and other bombers to reach their targets?

  12. There were over 94,916 American aircrew causalities in WWII with 32,263 aircrew members killed in action. Why were causalities so high in WWII? How does this compare with conflicts today?

  13. What is "air superiority" and why is it so important?

  14. Many people think that the turning point in the air war occurred when Allied fighters were able to accompany bombers all the way to Berlin and back. Why was this important?

  15. Other than Allied fighters, what was the B-17s main defense against German fighters?

  16. Who fired the machine guns on a B-17?

  17. Why was it so cold inside a B-17 when it was flying at altitude?

  18. How was the United States able to build so many B-17s and other aircraft in just four years?

  19. When aircrew members were shot down why were they held as prisoners of war?

  20. Do you think WWII pilots and other crew members were afraid when they were attacked by German fighters and had to fly through flack fields?

  21. Why were so many missions flown to Berlin?

  22. Why were the Schweinfurt ball bearing factories so important?

  23. What was the military objective of Strategic Bombing?

  24. Why were the prisoners of war in Stalag Luft III moved when the Russian Red Army approached from the East?

  25. How were the German prisoner of war camps different from the German concentration camps?

  26. People often say "freedom must be defended and fought for" do you think this is true?

  27. What objective was Adolph Hitler trying to achieve? 

  28. It seems that the American and German pilots had much respect for each other, why do you think that was?

  29. What did the Holocaust have to do with World War II?

  30. What were the central values of Nazi ideology?

  31. Do you think people of your generation benefit in any way from the sacrifices made by our soldiers in WWII?

 

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