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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress’ first gun was a .30mm caliber machine-gun mounted in the nose of the prototype XB-17 (Model 299). The last production B-17G models had 13 .50mm caliber guns, bristling from all sides.

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HISTORY CORNER: World War II’s incredible flying fortress
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HISTORY CORNER: World War II’s incredible flying fortress

Luftwaffe fighter escorts wounded B-17 bomber

The American bomber was so badly shot up, it was a sitting duck for the German Messerschmidt 109 fighter plane.