Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress – Yankee Doodle, 97th BG USAAF, RAF Grafton Underwood 1942
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33304: Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress Yankee Doodle of 97th BG, 414th BS, , RAF Grafton Underwood, England, September 1942. Limited Edition of 2600 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box has a repaired scuff to one end. Model is new
The first B-17s saw combat in 1941, when the British Royal Air Force took delivery of several B-17s for high-altitude missions. As World War II intensified, the bombers needed additional armament and armor. The B-17E, the first mass-produced model Flying Fortress, carried nine machine guns and a four thousand-pound bomb load. It was several tons heavier than the prototypes and bristled with armament. Upon their arrival in the UK the US Army Air Force re-acquired several B-17Es built for the RAF and these still carried the Dark Earth/Dark Green & Pale Blue camouflage of the RAF. This B-17E took part in the first USAAF combat mission of the 8th Air Force daylight bombing offensive, an attack on the railway marshalling yards at Rouen, France, 17th August 1942. It remained based with 414 Squadron at Grafton Underwood in East Anglia until September 1942.
Designed to meet a US Army Air Corps requirement for a multi-engined bomber to replace the B-10, the B-17 first flew on July 18, 1935. Best known for its role in the US Army Air Forces’ daylight strategic bombing campaign during World War II, the B-17 could fly high and had a long range, and was capable of defending itself from enemy fighters. It was also tough, withstanding extensive battle damage, and was capable of carrying a 6,000 lb bombload. The B-17 became one of the symbols of Allied air power, equipping 32 overseas combat groups and dropping a total of 580,631 metric tons of bombs on European targets.
As of 2020, 46 B-17 airframes survive, of which 10 remain airworthy.