Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress – Sweet And Lovely, 381st BG USAAF, RAF Ridgewell 1943
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale AA33302: Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress “Sweet And Lovely” of the 381st BG 533rd BS, USAAF, RAF Ridgewell 1943. Limited Edition of 4,400 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box has 2 small punctures on the underside. Model is new
The squadron was originally led by Major Landon C. Hendricks and has flown a total of 2,412 combat sorties. 533rd gunners are credited with a total of 46 enemy aircraft destroyed. Sweet and Lovely served with the squadron from 1943. It was a radio relay aircraft for the 65th Fighter Wing and was eventually retired back to the US on the 7th December 1945. It features the squadron insignia, a black disk with a wide border in yellow and a death’s head wearing a light red helmet with visor up, plume white, all in front of a light blue aerial bomb placed diagonally across the disc.
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.