During WWII the Boeing B-17 became a synonym for the heavily armed strategic bomber. The Boeing B-17F was also the first Flying Fortress to be manufactured using mass production techniques. The most famous aircraft in this series was a B-17F which was delivered on 15th July 1942 and entered service with the 324th Bomber Squadron in England. Her crew named her the Memphis Belle after the girlfriend of her pilot, Lt. Robert K. Morgan.
The Memphis Belle became famous due to the fact that she was officially recognised as the first U.S. Army Air Force bomber to survive 25 missions in Europe and subsequently became the star of a propaganda film made in Hollywood. After this mission the Memphis Belle and her crew were ordered to return to the United States. She was later bought by the city of Memphis and used as an Open Air Memorial. In all, a total of 12,677 B-17's were built.
This kit includes decal sets for 2 USAAF versions, a ‘Memphis Bell’ B-17F-10-BO, serial 41-24485, DF-A, 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 324rd Bomb Squadron, Bassingbourn, UK, May 1943, and ‘The Shamrock Special’ B-17F-10-BO, serial 42-29591, LL-Z, 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, Bassingbourn, UK, October 1943
- Highly detailed model
- Model scale: 1:72
- No. of parts: 235
- Length: 325 mm, Wingspan: 440 mm
- Skill level 5
- Decal sets for 2 USAAF versions
- Not suitable for children under 36 month
- Choking hazard, contains small parts
Memphis Belle B17F by Revell