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 26 of the 40 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. It will be forever associated with the Allied effort to defeat Nazi Germany. Losses were very heavy in the early months of the bombing campaign against German targets. The heroics of many B-17 crews are legendary. The advent of the long-range fighter escort and a change in fighter tactics reduced the loss rate to a level deemed “acceptable”. 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. . Production ended in May 1945 and totalled 12,726.
Wing span: 45-3/4″ scale: 1/28