B-17C Fortress I bomber of British Royal Air Force in flight over North Africa, 8 Nov 1941

Caption   B-17C Fortress I bomber of British Royal Air Force in flight over North Africa, 8 Nov 1941 ww2dbase
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Added Date 28 Jan 2009

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
9 Nov 2009 07:36:43 PM

RAF Coastal Command. This is the 11th bomber delivered. Britain received 20 straight from the factory the aircraft were designated Fortress I's. Did you know that the Roosevelt admin. allowed England and France to buy first-line U.S. Aircraft which included the B-17 however France collapsed, in May 1940, before any could be delivered.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
11 Jun 2010 05:56:02 PM

Continued from above photograph: RAF Fortress I, Aircraft AM 528 banking away from camera ship,as it undergoes test flight near Boeing field. Combat missions over Europe proved that the early model B-17's, could not escape both German flack or out gun enemy fighters. The RAF record of 39 bombing missions with two recorded hits and the loss of eight (8) aircraft, was not acceptable. Politics as usual: The Americans blamed the British for not flying correct defensive formations. The British fired back, saying that the bomber was not suited for combat over Europe. The Fortress I, had inadequate firepower and not enough armor. Back in the USA, Boeing and the Army looked into the British losses, and all remaining B-17C's were modified and brought up to B-17D standards, extra guns, improved electical systems and more armor.
3. PENZANCEALAN says:
6 Sep 2014 02:43:25 AM

Hi Can anybody tell me the fate of AM(AN) 528. Is there a central data base that would give its history? Thanks Alan
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Nov 2014 03:47:47 PM

FILE PHOTOGRAPH: UNDERGUNNED IN EUROPE Above photo shows a Fortress I that would later serve with RAF No. 90 Squadron. Aircraft later received camouflage. The Brits experienced trouble with the Fortress I in Europe equipment would freeze, the problems were worked out. No. 90 Squadron was sent to North Africa and operated in the Mediterranean. During WWII the RAF received B-17Es and B-17Gs and operated with RAF Coastal Command. PENZANCEALAN: COMMENT #3 6 SEPT. 2014 RAF Fortress I, AN 528 was one of twenty (20) the British received USAAC serial 40-2064 in July 1941 "B-Baker" AN 528 suffered an engine fire some sources list a/c lost others list as repaired last sortie was September 20, 1941.

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