Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
These rugged bombers had
earned the affection of their ten man crews for always bringing them home.
The B-17 was synonymous with the early Pacific War, with the famous flight of B-17s that arrived over Oahu
Japanese surprise attack of December 7, 1941. Also, for the destruction
of many B-17s on the ground at Clark Field. The 19th Bomb Group flew Flying
Fortresses huge distances at great odds from bases in the Philippines, Java
and Australia during the early days of the war. By the middle of 1943, the Pacific B-17s were were replaced
by the B-24 Liberator which was faster,
had a longer range and could carry a larger bomb load. A few B-17s remained in use as personal transports and as armed transports. A few "G" models
served in non-combat duties including late in the war.
A total of forty-two were built during 1940 to early 1941.
During the autum of 1940, the U. S. government ordered 512 B-17E Flying Fortresses under contract W-535 ac-15677. Built by Boeing at Seattle between September 5, 1941 to May 26, 1942.
Crew 10 (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, radio, engineer, ball gunner, left waist gunner, right waist gunner, tail gunner)
Engine 4 x Wright R-1820 cyclone radial engine driving a three bladed propeller
Span 103' 10"
Length 74' 4"
Height 19' 1"
Cruise Speed 170 mph
Range 1,850 miles
Armament 10 - 12 x .50 caliber machine guns
Bomb Load 6,400 lbs