The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
The sixth voting option in the Wings of War December poll, looking to find the best multi-engined bomber of World War II to serve with the Allies is the legendary B-17.
The B-17 is synonymous with the American daylight bombing campaign in Europe, having featured in almost every raid against the European Axis from May 1942. It delivered almost 580,560 metric tonnes of bombs (making it the second heaviest bomb dropping aircraft for the Allies in Europe, behind only the Lancaster), and was famous for being able to survive incredible levels of damage. Iconic thanks to the legendary ‘Memphis Belle’, the B-17 contributed to major raids such as those undertaken during Operation Point Blank, and served through till VE Day in Europe. It’s use in the Pacific was less successful, however it made a valuable contribution in the Battle for the Atlantic serving with the RAF’s Coastal Command.
You can vote for the B-17 (as at least 4 others have) here.