The Flying Fortress was used in large formations that mutually supported each other against enemy fighters.
The B-17 could carry 8 tons, but seldom carried more than 1/4 of that.
In the 8th Air Force there were over 47,000 casualties in raids over Europe.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) received 20 B-17Cs in 1941. Were initially used in daylight raids but with heavy losses they were moved to anti shipping and anti submarine duties.
The United Kingdom received:
- B-17C: 20
- B-17E: 45
- B-17F: 17
- B-17G: 85
- Total: ~200
The first American casualties of World War II was a B-17, on the way to Pearl Harbor, shot down by Japanese Zeros.
Flying Fortress' First Attack
On December 9, 1941 / December 10, 1941, B-17s attacked a Japanese convoy off of Luzon to become the first bombs dropped by an American manned aircraft in World War II.
First Use In Europe
On August 17, 1942, the first mission was conducted with B-17s.
B-17s were first used over Germany On January 27, 1943.
Germany assigned captured B-17s to Kampfgeschwader 200 for study and use in secret missions.
A SB-17 search and rescue conducted the first American sortie in Korean War.
The first mission in Korea was done by a RB-17G reconnaissance plane in June 1950.