The B-17 served in every WW II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. The B-17 flew mostly out of England, equipping bombardment groups of the 8th Air Force. Six B-17 groups were part the 15th Air Force, which bombed targets in Germany, Austria, Romania and the Balkans from bases in Italy. Losses were very heavy in the early months of the bombing campaign against German targets. The heroics of many B-17 crews are legendary. B-17’s also served in the Pacific and Far East in the early days of World War II, but were soon phased out in favour of the long range B-24.
Wing span: 45-3/4″ scale: 1/28