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1 B-17 Flying Fortress

2  4 engine heavy bomber  Used primarily in European Theatre against Germany.

3  Eighth Air Force based in England and Italy.  Dropped more bombs than any other US aircraft during WWII

4  Carried up to 4,800 lbs of bombs  Norden Bombsight/high altitude bombing  caliber machine guns  10 man crew

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6  Began operations in 1941 with the RAF.  1/3 of all B-17’s built lost in combat.  12, 731 built

7 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)

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9  2 nd 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  8 th Air Force lost 176 bombers in Oct

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11 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

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

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


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