The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in Foreign Service Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2019||Title||The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in Foreign Service|
|Author||Jan Forsgren||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||112 pages, hardbound||MSRP (GBP)||£20.00|
By 1945, over 12,700 Boeing B-17 variants were manufactured. And aside from those provided to the UK, less than 100 “in all” saw service by “air arms across the world”.
Now in 14 picture-packed, alphabetically arranged chapters, Jan Forsgren surveys those users in The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in Foreign Service from MMP Books:
- Dominican republic
- Taiwan (Republic of China)
Only Israel employed B-17s for bombing and attack roles. Surprisingly designated “Dornier Do 200”, Nazi Germany’s captured examples dropped agents – not bombs. And fully armed Dominican Republic Flying Fortresses largely served as symbolic deterrents.
Lots more fascinating facts tincture text.
Did you know, for instance, that 2 November 1956 marked history’s last B-17 bombing mission – an Israeli raid on Sharm el Sheikh at the southernmost tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula? And did you know that, “after the USAAF/USAF, the RAF and the US Navy”, the Soviet Union was the “fourth-largest military operator of the Boeing B-17”?
Eighteen beautifully executed color plates by the ever-excellent Juanita Franzi sample the swath of international Flying Fortress livery. Three color shots further augment the account. And a “Color and Markings” section and selected bibliography complete coverage.
But according to Air Enthusiast 50 (May to July, 1993 pp. 8f), Argentina also operated two, ex-RCAF B-17Es – civil registered LV-RTP and LV-RTO. And that’s definitely a Martin 139 – not a 166 – in the top photo, page 67.
I really enjoyed this handy history. Make it your launchpad for further study of international Boeing B-17s.
With thanks to MMP for the review copy.