B-17G Fortress -Olive Model
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is an American four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC). The B-17 Flying Fortress went on to enter full-scale production and was considered the first truly mass-produced large aircraft eventually evolving through numerous design advancements from B-17A to G. The B-17 was primarily employed in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and civilian targets. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific.From its pre-war inception the USAAC touted the B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a potent high-flying long-ranging bomber capable of unleashing great destruction yet able to defend itself. The B-17 established itself as a superb weapons system dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Germany 500 000 were dropped from B-17s. Generally considered the defining B-17 design all changes made in the B-17F production run were incorporated into the final version the B-17G Fortress. 8 680 B-17G Fortress were built. Eighty-five B-17G Fortress were transferred to the Royal Air Force where they were used as the Fortress III. They operated with two squadrons of Bomber Command s No. 100 Group RAF at RAF Sculthorpe where they were used for electronic countermeasures missions to confuse and jam enemy radar. They were also used as decoys during night bombing attacks. They took part in various such operations until they were disbanded in 1945 July.