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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. Positions in the side also had machine guns installed.

Tail

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

Production

  • Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company

Variants

  • Boeing B-17E / Fortress IIA: Added tail gunner position. Added top and bottom turrets to the fuselage. First flew in September 1941.

Usage

Pacific Use

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

European Use

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

Specifications

  Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress
Type Bomber, Medium / heavy bomber
Crew 9, 10
Pilots (2), navigator, bombardier / nose gunner, ventral gunner, tail gunner, flight engineer / dorsal turret gunner, radio operator, and waist gunners (2)
Engine (Type) 4: Wright R-1820-65 Cyclone
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
HP 1,200 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 103' 9"
31.62 m
Length 73' 10"
22.5 m
Height 19' 2"
5.84 m
Weight  
Empty 33,280 lb
15,096 kg
Loaded 53,000 lb
24,040 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 25,000' /
7,620 m
317 mph
510 kph
Cruising speed 210 mph
338 kph
Climb to 10,000' /
3,048 m
7.1 minutes
Service ceiling 36,600'
11,155 m
Range with 4,000 lb /
1,815 kg bomb load
2,000 miles
3,218 km
Maximum range 2,000 miles, 3,200 miles
5,150 km
Armament 10 - 13: MG
8: 0.5" MG
1: 0.3" MG
Nose 1: 0.3" MG
Rear cockpit turret 2: 0.5" MG in a Sperry turret
Ventral turret 2: 0.5" MG in Bendix turret
Tail 2: 0.5" MG
Waist positions 2: 0.5" MG
Bombs 4,000 lb, 17,600 lb
1,815 kg

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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