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.