They calmed down when Cronkite informed them his ass had been over the Channel and back in a B-17.
Of course, the B-36 is much more complicated to build than the B-17, and far more expensive.
We used to think that the B-17 was a huge plane, and the blockbuster it carried a huge load.
Freddy snorted, and glanced out the port at the broad expanse of sun-flooded Indian Ocean beneath the wings of the B-17.
The B-17 bombers, however, were heavily armed and could defend themselves fairly well.
Alfred Jocque was in the bunk next to me and he was the bombadier on a B-17 that was shot down.