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The B-17 Flying Fortress served in every World War II combat zone, but it is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Boeing produced the bomber in small numbers in the late thirties. Boeing sub-contracted with Lockheed-Vega factories to produce later models of the B-17 during the height of the conflict. They were able to supply over 3,400 of the “F” model and over 8,600 of the “G” model. Some models were equipped with lifeboats for sea rescues but the primary use of the planes was the day light raids on European targets. One of the most famous of these planes, the Memphis Bell, was able to complete 25 bombing missions over European territory.
|Type of Bomber||High Altitude|
|Crew||6 to 10|
|Wing Span feet||103.75|
|Max Speed MPH||287|
|Typical Range Miles||1,100|
|Bomb Capacity pounds||6,000|
|Wing Bomb Capacity pounds||n/a|
|Max Bomb Capacity pounds||12,800|
|Number of Engines||4|
|Horse Power in Engine||1,200|
United States Bombers of World War II
B-10 B-17 B-17 B-17 B-17 B-18 B-24 B-24 B-24 B-24 B-24
B-25 B-25 B-25 B-26 B-29 B-29
Enola Gay Mephis Bell Statistics of Bomber of World War II
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