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United States' Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress

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  • Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress

 

Design

A belly turret was also added.4 Positions in the side also had machine guns installed.4

Tail

The tail of the B-17E was made larger to provide better stability.4,5 This also allowed for a rear machine gun to be installed for defense.4

Production

  • Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company4

Variants

  • Boeing B-17E / Fortress IIA: Added tail gunner position.1 Added top and bottom turrets to the fuselage.2 First flew in September 1941.3

Usage

Pacific Use

In early 1942 the B-17E was sent to units in the Pacific.4

European Use

In July 1942 the B-17E was delivered to units in Europe.4 On August 17, 1942, they conducted their first raid against Rouen.4

Specifications

  Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress1,2,3,4
Type Bomber4, Medium / heavy bomber3
Crew 94, 103
Pilots (2), navigator, bombardier / nose gunner, ventral gunner, tail gunner, flight engineer / dorsal turret gunner, radio operator, and waist gunners (2)3
Engine (Type) 4: Wright R-1820-65 Cyclone3,4
Cylinders Radial 93,4
Cooling Air4
HP 1,200 each3,4
Propeller blades 3 each3
Dimensions  
Span 103' 9"3,4
31.62 m3
Length 73' 10"3,4
22.5 m3
Height 19' 2"3,4
5.84 m3
Weight  
Empty 33,280 lb3
15,096 kg3
Loaded 53,000 lb3,4
24,040 kg3
Performance  
Speed @ 25,000' /
7,620 m
317 mph3,4
510 kph3
Cruising speed 210 mph3
338 kph3
Climb to 10,000' /
3,048 m
7.1 minutes3
Service ceiling 36,600'3,4
11,155 m3
Range with 4,000 lb /
1,815 kg bomb load
2,000 miles3
3,218 km3
Maximum range 2,000 miles4, 3,200 miles3
5,150 km3
Armament 10 - 13: MG4
8: 0.5" MG3
1: 0.3" MG3
Nose 1: 0.3" MG3
Rear cockpit turret 2: 0.5" MG in a Sperry turret3
Ventral turret 2: 0.5" MG in Bendix turret3
Tail 2: 0.5" MG3
Waist positions 2: 0.5" MG3
Bombs 4,000 lb3, 17,600 lb4
1,815 kg3

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  4. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  5. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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