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B-17 Flying Fortress : the symbol of Second World War air power
Johnsen, Frederick A.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

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xiv, 159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
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The B-17 pioneered the concepts of strategic bombardment. This work gives technical detail along with little-known facts and stories, as well as accounts of missions, production, avionics, development and the people behind the development of the B-17.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
1. Staking a Claim to the Sky: The Air Corps and Strategic Bombardmentp. 1
Selling the Conceptp. 6
Europe: Center Stagep. 11
2. By Design: Evolution of the Flying Fortressp. 15
Model by Modelp. 15
Fortress Design Analyzedp. 33
Tail Strengtheningp. 37
Bessie the Bomber Visited Training Basesp. 42
Four Engines Gave Greater Rangep. 44
3. Bombs Away! The Flying Fortress Goes to Warp. 47
Fortresses Against the Rising Sunp. 47
The Middle East, 1942p. 55
England, 1942p. 55
Stopping Submarines Where They Livep. 61
Bombing Through Overcastp. 65
Western Europe, 1943p. 74
The Mediterranean, 1943p. 83
Crushing German Aviationp. 84
Europe: The Long Haul, 1944-1945p. 88
Up from Italy, 1944-1945p. 95
Fortresses, Food, and Freedomp. 97
Epiloguep. 99
4. The Human Element: People Animated the B-17p. 105
SSgt. Richard E. Bowman, Ball Turret Gunnerp. 105
Jerome Cole, Combat Photographerp. 109
Roy Test, Copilotp. 113
5. By Example: Arming the Flying Fortressp. 117
Marksmenp. 117
Before the Ballp. 117
Sperry Lower Ball Turretp. 119
Dropping the Ballp. 121
Sperry Upper Turretp. 123
Nose Guns for the F-Modelp. 125
Taking It on the Chinp. 126
6. Other Lands: Foreign Countries Also Flew the Fortressp. 137
Axis Fortressesp. 139
7. After Victory: B-17s in Postwar Usep. 141
Hot Bikinip. 141
To Israelp. 146
Where's the Fire?p. 147
Appendix Representative Flying Fortress Specificationsp. 155
Indexp. 157