Original U.S. WWII B-17 Flying Fortress .50 Cal Tail Gun Ammunition Box
Original Item: Only One Available. WWII B-17 Flying Fortress Tail gun ammunition box, handles a capacity of 500 rounds of 50 caliber Browning machine gun ammunition. Made of sturdy but aircraft friendly lightweight fiberboard and manufactured by the Standard Tire Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Features quick release lift-the-dot closures and a rubber covered internal belt roller. Offered in excellent condition inside and out. Measures 25 x 7 x 10 inches.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the B-24 and the Ju 88.
The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944.
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