The first full B17 mission against Germany,from bases in England, took place in August 1942. Out of the 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Germany, the B17 dropped 500,000 tons. The 8th Air Force had fired 99 million rounds of ammunition during these flights and approx. 20,000 German planes were destroyed. In total, over 12,000 B17’s were built, 250,000 Americans fly them with 46,500 were either killed or wounded by war's end in 1945.
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