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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the then-United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.
The bomber has a total of three crew positions:
- The pilot: The pilot of the B-17. Can drop up to 8 unguided bombs at once.
- Belly gunner: Operates a dual M1919 MG turret under the aircraft to defend against enemy aircraft.
- Top gunner: Operates a dual M1919 MG turret on top of the aircraft to defend against enemy aircraft.
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