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Crew of B-17 Flying Fortress prepares for mission. When the men of an 8th Air Force group gave the town of Thetford, England, a plaque, honoring it as the birthplaces of Thomas Paine, American patriot philosopher and author, the crew of a B-17 thought it appropriate to name their plane "Tom Paine" and to inscribe the fuselage with one of his famous remarks, "Tyrrany, like hell, is not easily conquered."
Portrait of Thomas Paine; whole length, standing, holding and pointing to sheet inscribed 'Rights of Man'; wearing cravat, knee-length coat and breeches; in decorative rectangular frame with writing ornaments at top; illustration to Baxter's 'History of England'. 1796 Etching © The Trustees of the British Museum