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9 hours ago, Egilman said:

There are very few combat used B-17's left most of them were sent to the scrappers immediately after the war..... Almost all the B-17's on display are post war manufacture.....

Check with the Air Force Museum in Dayton.   It's been probably 30 years since I've been there, but they used to have 2 (I think) B-17's that were warbirds that did missions.   I do remember they at least one of every other US fighter and bomber from WWII, including some German aircraft.

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1 hour ago, mtaylor said:

.....but they used to have 2 (I think) B-17's that were warbirds that did missions.

Yes,

The "Swoose", B-17 40-3097 flew combat missions Over Rabaul and New Guinea and was damaged several times in air combat and in bombing attacks eventually being consolidated with a second "D" model B-17 40-3091 to become a personal aircraft of a General.... (amongst her notable passengers was one Commander Lyndon Baines Johnson) It is the oldest B-17 in existance and the only one to be in service for the entire war....

And

The "Memphis Belle", B-17F 41-24485 whose combat record is widely known.... They also used to have "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby", B-17G 42-32076 who is the most complete and original B-17 in existence... also with a well known combat record was shot up by flak and forced down at Bulltofta Airfield, near Malmo, Sweden, recovered by the Swedish government and used an an airliner reg. SE-BAP then sold to Denmark for $1 and called the STIG VIKING, later renamed STORE BJORN for the African routes; bought by IGNF (Institut National de l'Information Géographique et Forestière) as F-BGSH for geographical survey work before retiring at Creuil, France; sold to the USAF for 20 cents and fully restored at Wright-Patterson AFB and displayed at the USAF museum until she was transferred to the Smithsonian in exchange for the "Swoose" which is considered the more historically important aircraft.

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On 3/25/2020 at 9:57 PM, mtaylor said:

Whoa...  that joggled a memory..  "Shoo Shoo Baby II".   

yep...

 

B-17 44-6302 / Shoo Shoo Baby II; B-17G-50-DL: 44-6251 to 44-6500 Was battle damaged over Merseburg 11/30/44 and force landed at Melsbroek, Belgium; Salvaged 12/21/44.

 

According to the B-17 Database, there were 9 different B-17's that carried some form of Shoo Shoo Baby as a nickname.....

 

Here is an image of Shoo shoo Shoo Baby as a Swedish Airliner.....

 

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Correction: this image of her is in her Danish airline livery after the swedes sold it to Denmark. (I completely missed the "Danske" in the caption below the image)

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Correcting an error

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Hi all and a big thanks for the likes.

A little more work on the old girl. I have painted the square G on the tail and I think it looks ok the biggest problem I had was with the numbers as I tried painting them but they looked rubbish so I came up with a cunning plan and modified the ones that came with the kit and some I had leftover from another kit I think they look ok and much better than I could paint.

Cheers for following 

Martyn

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