“Big Tail”

The first of the “Big Ass” B-17’s arrived England to equip the US 8th Air Force in July 1942. All the planes had been modified with enlarged gun windows and 0.50-calibre guns on either side of the nose. Further modifications were made to them after they were operational including work on the radio, bomb rack, lighting, oxygen, extinguisher and survival systems. By the time the B-17E had been shipped across the Atlantic, newer models were already coming off the Boeing production line. In fact, the B-17E was only on full combat status for just over two weeks before the appearance of the B-17F’s

The B-17E was not used in great numbers for combat because the F model was so different in performance that it made joint operations, using both planes unlikely. The B-17E took a back seat and was eventually esed as a trainer, a transport and a target-tower. With its armaments removed it could give better handling and speed.

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Random B-17s of this version and their fates

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9174


29th Bomb Group92nd Bomb Group97th Bomb Group 326th Bomb Squadron340th Bomb Squadron Crashed on take off

Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator: Harry Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ramon Sherer, Radio Operator: Herb Jackson, pass-Lt Walter Fieg, Navigator: Capt Ralph Menees, Navigator: Lt Bill Turner, Navigator: Lt Joe Hudson, Navigator: Lt Chas Lichtenberger, obs-Lt Col Melvin Smith (11 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 25/6/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2595 / The Desert Rat

41-2595 / The Desert Rat

383rd Bomb Group

Delivered MacDill 28/2/42; 97BG Sarasota 29/3/42; Ogden 7/7/42; 383BG Ainsworth 19/3/43; Wright-Patterson Fd 17/8/43, modified in 1944 to XC-108A experimental cargo a/c, bomb doors were sealed shut, armament removed, solid hinged nose piece and a large cargo door cut into rear fuselage; this took 19,000 man hours and program halted for others. It was based in India and used for flying material over the Hump and Returned to the USA in 10/44 ending up in pieces on the dump at Dow Fd in Maine. It was virtually complete and eventually sold for scrap to Mike Kellner 1985 at Galt, Ill, for restoration, now complete at Lake Bluff, Marengo, Ill., Destined to fly again. THE DESERT RAT.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2451 / Aztec’s Curse

41-2451 / Aztec’s Curse

7th Bomb Group

Assigned 7BG Panama 17/12/41, with John Taylor force landed Rio Hato, CZ 27/12/41; with Scott crash landed south of Rio Hato, 1/6/42, when on re-supply mission to FEAF; Guatemala 7/7/42; with Dave Tyler force landed Alamagordo 6/10/42; Returned to the USA Tinker 8/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/8/45. Parts used to restore B-17G 44-83812 at Grass Valley, Cal 1969. AZTEC’S CURSE.

B-17 #41-9042 / The Berlin Sleeper

41-9042 / The Berlin Sleeper

303rd Bomb Group92nd Bomb Group97th Bomb Group 325th Bomb Squadron342nd Bomb Squadron359th Bomb Squadron Landing accident

Delivered ?; Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42 as THE BERLIN SLEEPER; with Lt George D.Burgess took part in 1st 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-T/B] Bovingdon 9/42; force landed Hendon with Alan Hermance 16/10/42 Missing Air Crew Report 190; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth as RIDGE RUNNER; landing accident Alconbury with K.M. Bowen 10/2/43; Honington RG 22/4/43; 403 AD RG Langford Lodge 6/5/43; AFSC 26/7/43; Written off 20/5/45. THE BERLIN SLEEPER.

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