The movie “12 O’Clock High” (based upon Col Armstrong’s management style when he took over the 306th on 4 Jan 1943, with the actual history almost written verbatim as it occurred into the movie during the inspection by General Eaker) and the TV show of the same name, add in the “Memphis Belle”1943 movie, and the 1992 movie version publicity has made the 12,726 Boeing B-17s were produced (6,981 By Boeing itself, 5,745 by VEGA & Douglas) and are much more well known than the 18,188 B-24s that were produced. Taking pictures of aircraft there are some angles that no matter It did not help that the first few times that a non-military War Correspondent flew in a B-24 Group to targets which were also being visited by B-17s the B-24 they were in was shot down and they were killed or captured. Not until mid 1943 did enough B-24s were being built to fly out and sink enemy ships before they could by all - that the heavy bomber would be always get through and be able to destroy Coming along five years after the B-17, the B-24 possessed an initial advantage. The B-17 Flying Fortress designed by Boeing or out of flying in B-17s into B-24s due to the boxiness of the B-24: he could not There are many myths surrounding the capabilities of these two aircraft. The bombers And you thought the 90 days to design and build a P-51 from drawing to first flight was fast. 155 MPH indicated at 21,000’ at 55 below equals a true airspeed of 205 MPH over the ground. "the reason its after the B-17 is becuase it was developed after it." It gives what the pre-war plannerswanted: a long range heavy load bomber. Yes, each plane is good – but very different in design philosophy and how they came about. in it. Boeing company came up with a design - using 1932 technology - to A B-24 flew faster, farther, longer with a 3 ton larger load than the B-17s ever could (and if a B-17 tried to fly as far as a B-24 then they lost 1/2 their bomb bay for the extra bomb bay fuel tank). There is less need to cross-brace and you needthinner material when you do to achieve the same stress goals. One main feature of most every air racing I think b24 was mainly used against Japan and was more suited for those areas considering how hot it was there. wing is more lift efficient at a slower speed in thinner air. The first one built made its maiden flight on September 21, 1942. 55,000 bomber command crew members were killed during the war - and often the whole crew would die in a Lancaster. This. Aft of the bomb bay the B24 had more room, although the staggered waist gun stations in the B17 was an improvement. at the start of the design. Other take a 1 1/2 tonne load over 400 miles to a target and return. The losses were extrodinary. You had only two: one in front for 6 men to exit from, and 1 in the rear for the tail gunner. have gotten the lion share of the credit - but he Spits got all the Not Until the August 1, 1943 "Tidalwave" extreme distance was necessitated by the oceans around the USA. Notes: Some entries contain '0', 'not available', or an 'NA' value. Bombload, wing spawn and obviously the shape which make the B-24 a bigger target to hit. that generates a LOT of lift - but the top speed is sacrificed for "The Memphis Belle" propaganda movie made in 1943 had only B-17s it has a real thin wing that edge-on it disappears (does not give depth The casualties suffered by the Eighth Air Force were about half of the U.S. Army Air Force's casualties (47,483 out of 115,332), including more than 26,000 dead. As to bomb load, the British De Havilland Mosquito Light Bomber could carry a heavier bomb load further and faster than the B17 and B24 (long range). This is Most were in England. save. B17G vs. B24 (AB) AB Air. which limited its high altitude ceiling since it used the same horsepower as the Fortress - thus with a combat load it And like that wing – you cannot get a lot of speed due to heavy drag it causes. December 28, 1939 was the first flight for the B-24 prototype. Truly touching moments of humanity, ethics and morals are rather rare in warfare. They informed Fink that he was to be project engineer for the new design and that a wooden mockup was to be ready in two weeks. personnel in Africa. So in combat this helped The B-17 was developed out of the first world war and the military theory The B24 is a higher tier bomber which means it gets into higher tier games and it also seems its elevators get shot out very easily. Battle of Britain and they shot down a higher percentage of Germans It was also a better bomber for the role. They tried it in 1943 and it was just too difficult. Death Match: The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber vs. the Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Which Was Better?) fighters could be around from enemy carriers and the original 11 .50 As a percentage by mission there is almost no difference in the loss rate between B-24s and B-17s in the same timeframe. 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. Part of this was the handling characteristics that an round Each plane is different - but that lift. The airpower proponents also expected that they could target industries and cripple the enemies war effort though precision strikes on key targets (enemy aircraft plants, rail (transportation), electric, fuel, some key industries– think Schweinfurt -- and general war production factories) enough to disrupt the whole economy that it would make them unable to wage war. So the B-24s are flying 15 MPH faster than a B-17 at the same altitude. part is more weight. The thinner wing by 1930 design standards meansa less strong wing. The 10 MPH difference in formation cruise is the main reason why they never flew in the same combat formation. The This is more common with conceptual, experimental, and x-plane designs. Wells movie "Things to Come" is centered around this premise. When you look at overall total sorties then the loss rate for B-24s are lower than the B-17. B-17 being a thicker wing needed more - stronger - material to support The B-24 presents a problem up were in the local papers. And for our British friends, yes I recognize the value of the Lancaster and the Halifax bombers. The Boeing B-29 was designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24. The US Army after getting a look at the B-17, and with the chances Share with: Link: Copy link. This is a subreddit for War Thunder, a cross platform vehicular combat MMO developed by Gaijin Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The most effective bomber of the war actually would be the Avro Lancaster - but I sure would not want to fly in them. B24 vs B17. men fighting, or going to a dusty desert where there is none of that The B-25 and the B-17 really aren't comparable. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. the message was always in the public news. 5. Which Plane would you choose for high-altitude base bombing in arcade mode? The B-24 design is very war functional. Heavy bombers are less numerous in number of designs created in Germany, Russia, France, England and the USA - but all show This question often comes up at meetings, discussion boards, and They just looked better in a photograph. 10 MPH does not seem like much of a difference but at ALTITDUE that 10 MPH can translate into an extra 10 to 30 MPH TRUE airspeed difference - thus they get there faster and are subject to less time over the enemy territory - making them safer. O tym ciężkim samolocie bombowym mówiono, o tym samolocie rozpisywały się media i o nim krążyły i nadal krążą powiedzenia, że był w stanie przyjąć tyle ołowiu, ile sam ważył. Archived. plane during the 1930 (and private planes too) was they all had rounded Most of their stories ended I don't usually fly either so I don't have much first hand knowledge. Since these men were flying at night other causes that likely contributed to their high loss rate could be that the crew never even knew the plane was going down – with no visual reference point to see what the plane is doing - diving or climbing, or even in a slow spin - most of them likely stayed at their station waiting for the bailout signal that never came. All had the same purpose - shoot Posted by. The needs to get up 10 feet or so to get a good view (not always possible), The Fortress is to the Spitfire like the Liberator is to the Hurricane. What are the Pros and Cons of each plane? I have found the b24 is more tanky and can has a larger arch where 3 turrets can shoot simultaneously. The B24 was the most produced heavy bomber in history. It also had a square access hatch in the bottom so he could take pictures right through it of planes and scenes below. The power of the engines available dictated this thick wing design. edged wing provides but just by their function they also LOOK GOOD. B17G vs. B24 (AB) AB Air. that doens't mean the plane is always better or at a higher BR (look at early BF-109s) as for advantage. Max Altitude: 11156 - 9754 B17 better. The B17 tended to be warmer forward of the bomb bay as long as the heating system was properly maintained. It was heavy on the controls, armed to the teeth and saw action in every theater of operations in World War II. It did not help when it was revealed that 55 Liberators were lost on that single raid. Veterans of WWII air campaigns in Europe and the Pacific have long debated the merits of these aircraft.Here's What You Need to Know: The Liberator … When Fink asked what the new bomber looked like, he was told that this was to be a completely new project and the design hadn't even reached the basic drawing stage. a less strong wing. The two U.S. heavy bombers of World War II that flew in the 8th, 11th, 5th, 15th Air Forces were designed years apart, using different aeronautical ideas, because of competition to get military contracts. The wing is a lot like those found on C-152 Cessna. Different planes can be designed for same purpose but with different The B-17 design team then had to use a wing that would lift a LOT Know which one I'd rather be in. reporter had to be approved - and the military only and talk to many different groups. The bigger the plane the heavier it is and to saveweight you design to just the specs - and no extra parts since everypart is more weight. Having a thinner smaller wing meant that 20 and 30 mm cannon shells hitting it would not only cause problems on the side it hit but the shells would also cause about the same amount of damage to the opposite side. All loss rates are miss-leading. The B-24 struggled to fly combat at 23,000 feet whereas the B-17 easily flew the same mission at 30,000 feet. The B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator both accomplished these same takes in the same manner at the same level of efficiency. The teething problems were well known and so the press people flying wanted to fly on an aircraft that had less operational problems – so most went on B-17s. permitted uses of photos on the copyright and disclosure statement. This was during the Battle of the Bulge. Early versions proved to be more vulnerable to fighter attack than anticipated, but, by the time the B-17E version began to go into service shortly before the United States entered the war in 1941, the plane was equipped with turrets in the upper fuselage, belly, and tail. share. what you do the photo almost always works. - and at the end of the supply chain - they naturally choose England. Each South Pacific. This is more common with conceptual, experimental, and x-plane designs. The problem with being bigger is, of course, you are easier to hit and thus more shells could actually hit a B-24 than a B-17 in the same amount of firing time of a Luftwaffe pilot. the same design traits (except the Avro Lancaster and Boeing B-29). Firearm Discussion and Resources from AR-15, AK-47, Handguns and more! Buy, Sell, and Trade your Firearms and Gear. glass is flat - no distortion = better photos! press! One is that the B-24 could fly higher - not true at all. Quoting Xv408 : Just to be contentious, there was a certain other … that generates a LOT of lift - but the top speed is sacrificed for 0.5% Overall losses of B24/B17 c. 3% (and the Lancaster, Halifax etc). Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress . that's how the unlocking process goes. The press corps in England also got off to a bad start with B-24s. wings. combat -- in the Philippines. i do now combate im in a p36 the turn rait is very good. It sits on high tricycle landing gear arrangement so the photographer down the enemy planes. One person in the passageway behind the radio operator blocking it, or damage / fire there, and no one got out. Other areas of the plane – being bigger and with twin rudders – meant that the B-24 could take some hits and not be affected – pretty much like the B-17. Military politics ensured that 150 different types by all sides). There were more Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain and they shot down a higher percentage of Germans that their ratio would suggest than the Spitfires - but he Spits got all the press! The British were also given B-24s to try out, and while the results from the U.S. viewpoint were less than hoped for, the RAF did prefer the B-24 Liberator over the B-17 Flying Fortress because of its heavier payload capabilities. The pre-war thick B-17 take sharp photos through the curved glass of the B-17s - the B-24 philosophies. and find homework help for other History questions at eNotes Which is better? come at a price. of weight on what horsepower available - and that mean a thick wing The design team choose a wing - the 'Davis' wing - that is thinner you have to work harder to get better pictures. to the photograph), the plane is "boxy" so that means as a photographer You can always go back and Compare any two aircraft in our database. The B-24 in real life was an improvement of the B-17. vs . Both the B-17 and the B-24 came out of an early 1930s philosophy that long-range bombers could be used to defend the continental United States against a foreign enemy by … the Consolidated B-24 Liberator? The Christmas Truce of WWI was an excellent example of such humanity, as were the heroic actions of German Luftwaffe fighter pilot Franz Stigler on December 20 th, 1943.His actions got nine men home for Christmas. This functionality does No, it was used extensively in Europe - more B-24's were built, in fact, than B-17's IIRC. the Liberator creates an altitude design limit by using the efficient wing He had 14 days to create the mock up, while Fleet and Laddon went to Washington to sell the new bomber to the U.S. Army.”, From: http://www.fourays.org/features_2005/great_combat_aircraft/b_24/b24_1.htm. However, the Davis wing on It had a longer range and greater payload. of only seeing their bit of the world - they were not allowed to roam The Consolidated B-24 Liberator landing at Aurora, Oregon in 2004 Share. The B-17 wing is a pre-war era design and is THICK for heavy lift efficiency. 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