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B-17G Flying Fortress USAF 44-6009 Flak Eater Aug 1944 Corgi CG33318 1:72

B-17G Flying Fortress USAF 44-6009 Flak Eater Aug 1944 Corgi CG33318 1:72

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B-17G Flying Fortress USAF 44-6009 'Flak Eater' Aug 1944 Corgi CG33318 Scale 1:72
Corgi Aviation die cast model

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B-17G Flying Fortress USAF 44-6009 'Flak Eater' Aug 1944 Corgi CG33318 Scale 1:72
364th BS/305th BG USAAF 8th Air Force, August 1944.
WF-J Chelvestone
Corgi Aviation die cast model

1:72 Scale
Item CG33318 AA33318

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.

Additional Information

  • Stock#
    CG33318
  • Brand
    Corgi Aviation
  • ETA
    Jul 19, 2019
  • Scale
    1:72
  • Material
    Die-cast Metal
  • Aircraft Type
    Fixed-Winged
  • Era
    World War II
  • Aircraft
    B-17 (Flying Fortress)
  • Propulsion
    Propeller-Driven
  • Role
    Bomber
  • Country
    United States

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