“Memphis Belle” was a Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress and one of the first B-17 to complete 25 combat missions. It was named after pilot Robert K Morgan’s girlfriend Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. After completing its tour of operations, the aircraft returned to the US for a war bond tour and propaganda. After…Continue reading The most famous aircraft of all time ?
These profiles were part of a series of Boeing Fortress profiles created for the book “Squadrons! No.21: The Boeing Fortress Mk II & Mk III” by Phil Listemann.
This Fortress II (serial FA704) was flown by Wing Commander Ron Thomson DSO and his crew of No 206 Squadron based at Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides. This aircraft ditched in the Atlantic on 11 June 1943, its crew drifting in a dinghy for four days before being rescued by a Catalina flown by S/L…Continue reading More British Fortresses !
This Boeing Fortress IIA (serial FK202) was flown by No 59 Squadron of the RAF’s Coastal Command. The Squadron was one of the few RAF squadrons to operate the Fortress in 1942 and 1943 for maritime patrolling missions. The aircraft was equipped with ASV radar, with visible antennas on the fuselage sides and spine as…Continue reading Boeing Fortress IIA of No 59 Squadron RAF, 1943
One of the several ongoing projects I’m working on is the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Since the Fortresses often had interesting nose art and markings, I decided to make the fuselage separately from the wings and engines so that I can show the complete nose art in case it is masked by the engines.