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The B-17 Flying citadel dropped extra bombs than the other US airplane in WWII and is arguably the long-lasting bomber of that epic clash. grants a visible review of the aircraft's improvement and use. throughout the 10 years within which it was once produced, a complete of 12,731 of the B-17 heavy bombers rolled off the meeting traces of Boeing, Douglas plane, and Lockheed's subsidiary Vega. First flown in 1935, the airplane was once again and again transformed, upgraded, and perfected in accordance with strive against event. additionally highlights the jobs performed through person airplane and their crews, resembling the 'Memphis Belle', which accomplished 25 missions over enemy territory; 'Stage Door Cantee', christened via Winston Churchill's daughter; and 'All American', which tested the extraordinary durability of the Flying castle through returning accurately to base regardless of having its tail approximately sheared off by means of a Messerschmitt. An unequalled, lavishly illustrated account of 1 of the best warplanes of all time, a must-have! Illustrated with 2 hundred classic photos, plus colour profiles and precise line drawings.


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Both bear the squadron code “LG,” and the individual aircraft letters, O and P, appear aft of the waist windows. In the foreground is Mizpah, the Bearded Beauty, a B-17F-10-BO serial number 41-24453 with mottled camouflage. It was shot down on the Schweinfurt raid of 17 August 1943, with the loss of five crewmen. (National Archives) 50 The 97th Bomb Group in North Africa used this combat-damaged B-17F for training aircrews in aircraft-ditching techniques. Members of the 414th Bomb Squadron practice escaping the aircraft and deploying the inflatable raft.

Stan Piet collection) 33 Alabama Exterminator II, a B-17E, serial number 41-9022, served successively with the 97th, 92nd, and 384th Bomb Groups from 1942 to 1943. She appears as she did when she was relegated to a target-tow and liaison aircraft, shorn of her dorsal and ball turrets. She still bears the “PY” unit code for the 407th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group. At some point in her career, a nose from a B-17F replaced her original nose. This change was found on other aircraft as well. (Stan Piet collection) The nose of Alabama Exterminator II is shown in close-up.

Two of the camera windows are visible: one below the forward cheek window, and another on the underside of the fuselage to the front of the RDF “football” antenna. There are protective wrappings around the barrels of the machine guns mounted in the sockets in the nose. (Stan Piet ) Thunderbird, a Boeing B-17F-105-BO, serial number 42-30453, of the 94th Bomb Group, 333rd Bomb Squadron, lifts off from Bury St. Edmunds (Station 468), Suffolk, England, in 1943. This photo was probably taken very shortly before the bomber went down during a mission to Regensburg in August 1943, since the red border around the national insignia, discontinued that month, has been painted over in blue.

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