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Kitsworld Kitsworld  - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17F/G KW148065
Kitsworld Kitsworld  - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17F/G KW148065

Kitsworld - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17F/G
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B-17 G 42-32024 WA-L 'K' 'Swamp Fire' 379th BG, 524th BS

B-17F 42-5077 OR-T ‘Delta Rebel II’ 323rd BS, 91st BG April 1944

Release date end 2012

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Kitsworld Kitsworld  - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17 KW148086
Kitsworld - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17
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B-17F-115-BO 42-30721 'Sweet and Lovely' 553BS, 381BG

B17G-30-BO 42-31909 'Nine O Nine' 323BS 91BG (Collings Foundation)

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B-17 Sweet and Lovely
B-17 Nine 0 Nine
B-17 Nine 0 Nine

Kitsworld Kitsworld  - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17 KW148087
Kitsworld - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet B-17
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B-17F-20-DL 42-3073 'Lightning Strikes' 401BS 91BG

B-17G-45-BO 42-97400 (44-83563) 'Fuddy Duddy' 708BS 447BG

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B-17 Lightning Strikes
B-17 Lightning Strikes close-up
B-17 Fuddy Duddy Original
B17 Fuddy Duddy (Wings of Eagles)

Kitsworld Kitsworld 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet KW148062~
Kitsworld 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet
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B-17F Ye Olde Pub 42-3167 FO-S 527th BS/379th BG - Franz Stigler ME109 JG/27/6


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Badly damaged by AAA & fighters on raid to Bremen Dec 20, 1943
Crew turned for home when discovered by Lt Franz Stigler of JG 27/6. He did not shoot them down as ordered. He escorted the plane to the North Sea & then saluted and flew away.

Pilot Charlie Brown landed the B-17 'Ye old Pub' safely in UK, but too badly damaged to fly 1 KIA, 4 injured
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Franz Stigler
Ye Old Pub Crew
Stigler - Brown

Kitsworld Kitsworld  - B-17G 'Times a Wastin' - 'Liberty Belle' 1/48 Scale Decal KW148053
Kitsworld - B-17G 'Times a Wastin' - 'Liberty Belle' 1/48 Scale Decal
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B-17G 42-102504 LL-D "Time's-A-Wastin" 401st BS 91st BG

Time's-A-Wastin' was a B-17G. It was delivered to RAF Burtonwood, England to be modified for combat with the 8th Air Forces and delivered to the 91st Bombardment Group (H) stationed at Bassingbourn, 1st Combat Wing of the 1st Air Division, (Strategic).

Assigned to the 322nd Bomb Squadron on 11 May 1944; then transferred to the 401st BS as a replacement aircraft. Capt. Sam Newton, Pilot and Lt. Bert Stiles completed their Tour of 30 missions in #504. She was named by the Line Crew Chief, Roy Fratz who now lives in Florida. Newton lives in Colorado but Stiles was KIA flying P-51s on a 2nd tour.

#504 flew this crew's last mission on June 8, 1944; just two days after the Invasion of Normandy. Her call letters were LL-D, with the radio code for the 401st BS as "LL" (or "Mutter" - D-Dog) and the Triangle "A" on the rudder denoted the 91st BG with the triangle as the 1st Air Division. This identification was very important for assembly into the formation of 36 to 48 a/c and the "max effort" missions (somedays) totaled more than 2,000 a/c.

During the period of August through December 1944, the 10 man crew of Lt. Ed Garner, Co-pilot Kermit Burman, Navigator John Allen, etc. - Lt. Paul Chryst flew as the Bombardier and Nose Gunner in #504. Record photos show TAW with more than 65 black 'bombs' painted above her nose art (indicating a bomb for each mission flown) by November of '44. Chryst flew his 35th Mission in #504 on Dec. 15th and the Battle of the Bulge began the next morning (16th).

TAW flew again on December 24th through a severe ice storm and finally made a shaky landing at another Base nearby; due to rime iced runways at Bassingbourn. Chryst left England on Dec. 31st and as the other members of the crew completed their 35 sorties; they all returned to the USA.

But; #504 continued to fly each time the 91st BG was called on to finish the air battle over Europe. Other replacement crews became attached to "her dependability" and the 401st Squadron became the "lucky one again." S/Sgt. Roy Fratz was a wonderful Crew Chief and changing engines got easier and easier. Luckily, her battle damage was minor most of the time, and ole TAW survived into the winter of 1944-45.

The terrible winter months of January through March of 1945 made flying, maintenance, and aircrew safety more and more difficult. German fighter attacks may have been less frequent, but the flak (anti-aircraft fire) was more intense and accurate using improved ground radar sighting.

On the fateful morning of April 8th, Lt. Peter Pastras, Pilot and Lt. Bob Morris as Co-pilot with crew were assigned to fly #504; off the left wing of the Lead ship of the 401st BS. The primary target was the marshalling yards (railroad freight) of the City of Stendal. Bombing accuracy was critical; because a hospital was located very close by the tracks. No flak was expected; as the formation opened its bomb-bay doors at 20,000 ft. on the 'bomb run' to the target.

Lt. Mike Fodroci, Navigator, flying in the right wing position off the Lead; could easily watch the four gun flak batteries begin to "track" bursts through the Leading formation. He sat there in horror, as each of these shells began to burst closer and closer to TAW (the left wing position). The fourth set of flak burst directly into the open bomb-bay of TAW. Fodroci reports that "the Pilot must have been killed instantly; for the ship pulled up and veered to the right climbing directly over our ship. Capt. Shelby put our ship into a dive so steep that I was thrown up against the astro hatch of the ceiling in the nose - seems I hung there for a brief second or two!"

"I also observed that a bad fire was burning on TAW forward bomb-bay area and the Co-pilot (Lt. Bob Morris) was trying to climb out of the small window with his back pack on. Somehow, we saw (3) chutes emerge from #504 as she spun toward the earth and "her final end." No one knows the fate of those (9) airmen. You can be sure that 'Time's-A-Wastin' was gone forever." Times A-Wastin' completed 96 missions.


B-17G 42-97849 DI-O 'Liberty Belle'

On September 9, 1944 the 390th Bomb Group attacked a target in Dusseldorf, Germany and suffered its second largest single mission loss of the war. Over the target just prior to bomb release, one of the low squadron B-17s was hit in the Bomb bay by flak. The 1000 lb. bombs exploded and nine of the twelve aircraft in the squadron were instantly destroyed or knocked out of formation.

Six of the nine went down over the target, one flew two hours on a single engine and landed at Paris, another "crippled plane" landed in Belgium and the other struggled back to its home base and landed long after the other thirty nine B-17s had returned from the mission. The one that came home was "Liberty Belle", she went on to complete 64 combat missions before being salvaged on February 18, 1945.

The Liberty Foundation’s B-17G (SN 44-85734) has an interesting post-war history. Originally sold on June 25, 1947 as scrap to Esperado Mining Co. of Altus, OK, it sold again later that year to Pratt & Whitney for $2,700. Pratt & Whitney operated the B-17 from November 19, 1947 to 1967 as a heavily modified test bed for their P&W T-34 and T-64 turboprop engines. It became a “5-engine aircraft”, having the powerful prototype engine mounted on the nose! The aircraft was flown “single-engine”, with all four radial engines feathered during test flights.

Following this life as a test platform, it was donated in the late 1960s to the Connecticut Aeronautical Historic Association in East Hartford. Unfortunately, it was heavily damaged in 1979 while at the CAHA’s Bradley Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. On October 3, 1979 a tornado caused another aircraft to be thrown onto the B-17’s mid-section, breaking the fuselage. The wreck was stored in the New England Air Museum, CT from 1981 until 1987.

Learn more about the 15 year restoration Liberty Belle Website
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Kitsworld Kitsworld B-17G Flying Fortress - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet- KW148048 B17G - 570 BS 390th BG - 324th BS 91st BG
Kitsworld B-17G Flying Fortress - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet-
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KW148048 B17G - 570 BS 390th BG - 324th BS 91st BG
B17G Serial 42-30434 “Betty Boop”/“Pistol Packin’ Mama”
B17G Serial 42-37779 “Pist’l Packin’ Mama”
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Kitsworld Kitsworld B17G Flying Fortress - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet KW148043 B-17 G 406th NLS - 322 BS 91st BG
Kitsworld B17G Flying Fortress - 1/48 Scale Decal Sheet
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KW148043 B-17 G 406th NLS - 322 BS 91st BG
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B-17G serial # 43-37516 'Tondalayo' JJ-T.
B-17G serial # 42-31333 'Wee Willie' LG-W.

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This kitsworld decal sheet includes schemes for 2 Boeing B17G aircraft of the USAAF Eighth Air Force: This sheet includes 2 B17G nose art designs 'Tondalayo'-'Wee Willie' & 'Kill' markings.
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'Tondalayo'
'Wee Willie'
Wee Willie
Tondalayo
Kitsworld Nose Art

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