Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress – 2nd Patches 99th BG, 346th BS, USAAF 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33305: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 2nd Patches of the 99th BG, 346th BS, USAAF, Tortella, Spain, 1944. Limited Edition of 1,900 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
On 31st March 1944 B-17F ‘Patches’ of the 346th BS/99th BG effectively ‘switched’ places with B-17G 42-38201 of the 815th BS/483rd BG. The latter aircraft is seen here with a replacement wing panel, fin and crew access door. It carries 20 mission symbols and wears 99th BG late war markings with the addition of a shark-toothed chin turret which is a point of debate over when or if it, in fact, had been decorated as such. The black diamond Y represents the 99th Bomb Group and the ‘I’ the 346th Bomber Squadron. ‘2nd Patches’ crashed on take off on the 24th August 1844 and was salvaged, whilst the original ‘Patches’ only survived until 31st March 1944.
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.