Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress


From the book "Weapons of WW II."

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the best-known American combat craft of the Second World War, second only to the P-51 Mustang.  Along with the B-24, the B-17 carried out the majority of bomber attacks on occupied Europe with the 8th US Air Fleet.  The prototype of the B-17 made its maiden flight on July 18, 1935

Originally planned for use along the American coast, it was redesignated as the B-17E  and redesigned with stronger armor and heavier firepower for bombing in Europe, making its maiden voyage on September 5, 1941.

--GreGen

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