Military History/b17 ww2 airplane
my dad was in a b17 during 1943 to 1945 the plane was number 7340 . I HAVE A PICTURE OF THE PLANE. this number is on the left nose. can you give me some info. about this plane thank you .
Your fathers B-17G was built by Lockheed Vega. The need for the B-17 far outstripped Boeing factories so other companies built the B-17. Number 7340 was a B-17G model similar the B-17F but had a remote control chin turret. The First B-17 flew in 1935 and some models are still flying today. Called the Flying Fortress due to the many machine gun positions . It was the first successful 4 engine bomber and had a reputation to absorbing huge amounts of damage. Powered by 4 Wright engines with 1,200 horse power each it was fast in 1935 by by the time the B-17 started bombing targets in Germany it was slower than the newest fighters. But with it 13 .50 machine guns the B-17 took a toll on Axis aircraft.
A fantastic plane. I have been one a few times and it is cramped. The gunners had to fight enemy aircraft along with sub zero temperature at 25,000 to 30,000 feet.
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