Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress – Nine O Nine, 91st BG USAAF, RAF Bassingbourn 1944. With 10 Crew Figures
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US33309: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Nine O Nine of 91st BG, 323rd BS, USAAF, RAF Bassingbourn, England, February 24th 1944. Complete with set of 10 Groundcrew Figures. Limited Edition of 1,580 Pieces
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has a light indent, though nothing that detracts. Model is new
Assigned to the 323rd BS at Bassingbourn on February 24, 1944, this aircraft was named “Nine O Nine” by the bomber’s radioman Jack Grosh after the last three digits in its serial number. The aircraft set a new Eighth Air Force record by completing 126 missions (out of a total of 140) without a single abort. “Nine O Nine” returned to the USA on June 8, 1945, and was scrapped in Kingman, Arizona, the following year.
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.