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B-17G Flying Fortress USAAF 305th BG, 364th BS, #44-6009 Flak Eater 

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Corgi 1:72 AA33318
B-17G Flying Fortress USAAF 305th BG, 364th BS, #44-6009 Flak Eater
Scale:
1:72
Length:
12.25"
Width:
17.25"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
CG-AA33318
Period:
World War II


Historical Note:

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LIMITED TO 1300 PIECES WORLDWIDE.

Historic:

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the four-engined B-24 and the multirole, twin-engined Ju 88.

From the perspective of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot, the sight of hundreds of American Flying Fortresses in formation and heading towards them must have been magnificent and terrifying in equal measure. As the Allies pressed home their increasing aerial supremacy throughout 1944, not only would the Luftwaffe have to contend with a wall of defensive fire from the tightly packed bomber formations, they also knew that their protective fighter cover would be on them both before and after they made their almost suicidal attack run. The latest and definitive 'G' variant of the B-17 introduced the electrically operated Bendix chin turret, which had been developed to combat the frontal attacks preferred by Luftwaffe fighter pilots against earlier models and further increased the defensive firepower of these heavily armed bombers. Chelveston based B-17G 'Flak Eater' of the USAAF 364th Bombardment Squadron certainly wanted any attacking fighter to know that she was equipped with the new nose armament and sported distinctive 'shark mouth' artwork to act as a visual deterrent to any enemy pilot looking for a potential target. Despite the frantic nature of the European air war around the time of D-Day, the decision to apply the turret teeth was vindicated, as they helped 'Flak Eater' through at least 28 combat missions and to survive the war relatively unscathed. The bomber returned to the US in June 1945, where she was later scrapped at Kingman Army Airfield in Arizona, a fate which awaited the majority of aircraft which had fought so valiantly during WWII.

Info: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Diecast Model USAAF 305th BG, 364th BS, #44-6009 Flak Eater, August 1944


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  1. Fit nd finish outstanding 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2019

    The model is etremley well mde as what you ould expect for a Corgi product. The fit , finish, and color scheme is outstanding. Very please with this and all other corgi aircraft in my collection.