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theworldwars A nearly complete B-17F Flying Fortress undergoing the final touches at Boeing's production plant in Seattle Washington in December 1942.
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12,731 B-17s were built during World War II. 605 were built by the Douglas Aircraft Company and 500 by Lockheed. Among these included the famous "Memphis Belle". 19 Flying Fortresses were transferred to the Royal Air Force. Today, only three authentic B-17Fs remain in the world, one of which is the "Memphis Belle", currently under restoration in Tennessee.
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theworldwars B-17 ball-turret gunner T/Sgt. Benedict "Benny" Borostowski of B-17 42-5070 "Invasion 2nd" in his position, date and location unknown."Invasion 2nd" belonged to 401st Bomb Sq., 91st BG.
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On April 17, 1943, during a raid over a Focke Wulf factory in Bremen, "Invasion 2nd" was struck by flak and crashed in Nikolausdorf near Oldenburg, Germany. The entire crew managed to bail and were and remained POWs for the rest of the war.
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  •   lajollaloco 🏻awesome 1w
  •   theworldwars There was a joystick in the turret that controlled it. So the gunner would use the joystick to move the turret around to stay with the enemy fighter. I'm sure there was some sort of mechanism that allowed it to retract and extract from the plane. I'm not ball-turret expert so I can't help you much @trevor_cross_ 1w
  •   trevor_cross_ Hahaha it's all good, that's cool though outstanding engineering 1w
  •   trevor_pawley That looks comfy 1w
  •   coveym87 The B-17 ball turret didn't retract into the plane. Although the B-24 ball turret did. 1w
  •   theworldwars I know. I was speaking in terms of the ball turret regardless. @coveym87 1w
  •   traumatyze I think. And this is PURE speculation. That some of the earlier models of ball current had good pedals for horizontal movement @coveym87 1w

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mrsixfootsix Check out the WWII Aircraft on display at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. #WWII #B17 #B24 #P51 #Aircraft #B24Liberator #B17FlyingFortress #carlsbad #sandiego 1w

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beccab232 We had a great time playing in the B17 yesterday at the Marana Regional Airport 2w

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jayjr221games Ive completed my goal of getting atleast a b17 #B17FLYINGFORTRESS #B17 #warthunder 2w

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jayjr221games ISNT SHE JUST PURDY tribute to my grandfather who was the bombardier on one of these #B17FLYINGFORTRESS #BADASSMOTHERFUCKER #WARTHUNDER #B17 #HEAVYBOMBER 2w

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globalmilitaryaircraft B-17G Flying Fortress. #fly #air #plane #airplane #aircraft #us #usa #usaf #usaaf #usairforce #airforce #b17 #flying #fortress #b17flyingfortress #bomber #wwii #aviation #flight #pilot #sky
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military_war_art B-17 "YE OLDE PUB" with the BF-109 of Franz Stigler

The Charlie Browm and Franz Stigler incident occurred on 20 december 1943 , When , after a succesful bomb run on Bremen , Charles Brown , B-17 flying forterss (named "ye olde pub") was severely damaged by German fighters

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