B-17 Flying Fortress by wuzhengqin

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									B-17


Flying Fortress
 4 engine heavy bomber
 Used primarily in European Theatre against
  Germany.
 Eighth Air Force based in England and Italy.
 Dropped more bombs than any other US aircraft during
  WWII
 Carried up to 4,800 lbs of bombs
 Norden Bombsight/high altitude bombing
 5- 50 caliber machine guns
 10 man crew
 Began operations in 1941 with the RAF.
 1/3 of all B-17’s built lost in combat.
 12, 731 built
Schweinfurt Missions

 August 1943
 Goal: Bomb the factories at Schweinfurt
  industrial complex.
 230 aircraft attack
 36 shot down (24 shot down in another
  raid the same day. Total 60)
 2nd attempt: October 14, 1943
 291 planes attacked.
 59 shot down, 1 ditched in the Channel,
  5 crashed in England & 12 scrapped due
  to damage= 77 lost

 8th Air Force lost 176 bombers in Oct.
  1943.
Weakness

 Luftwaffe figured out that 20 hits from a
  20mm gun in the tail section would bring
  a B-17 down.
 To accomplish this, they would fire over
  1000 rounds at the bomber.
 Or attack from the front
Pacific Theatre

 5 B17 groups in the Pacific Theatre
 Used sparingly because they had so
  few.
Legacy

 Crews loved them
 Legends grew (Memphis Belle)
 Today a handful tour the country keeping
  history alive.

								
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