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Best Bomber - B-24 or B-17


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#1 Spitfire13



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:37 AM

Two incredible aircraft, but which one is the best?

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:41 AM

They had different strengths.


B-24 could carry a larger bombload further and faster

B-17 could fly higher and take more damage


As it happened, the two aircraft mostly ended up in Theatres that made the most of their strengths -

The B-17 in Europe (needed altitude and ruggedness)

The B-24 in the Pacific (needed range)


Though the B-24 did serve in both theatres, the B-17 was withdrawn from the Pacific early on.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 05:58 PM

My choice between the two, the B24 liberater and the B17 fortress ,it would have to be theB17.My reason being the fortress was in my opinion more rugged and could take more punishment .Having actually been in a B17 (static display) a few years ago at Duxford Imperial War Museum, the size of this plane was amazing.The defensive armament was impressive with the introduction of remote gun turrets positioned in the nose in later models of the Fortress.However it still suffered losses in day light raids over Germany until the introduction of long range escort fighters,like the P51/P47/Twin engine P38 Lighting.The B17 has always been a favourite,although I do like the Liberater,but my choice would be the B17.Regards Keith.



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 08:49 PM

The 'BEST' of anything is all relevant to what is needed at a specific place and time. However, overall I would pick the B-17 for the reason Keith did. It was a stronger built aircraft. I would choose the P-47 over the P-51 (if I had to fly into combat) for the same reason. Much better protection if I made a mistake.


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 04:47 PM

Hi, I think my choice would be the B17 Fortress, the reason being is that the fortress could take more punishment, it was rugged and could fly at high altitudes,although slower the the B24 Liberater the B17 had good armament,and in later models saw the introduction of the remote gun turret which was located in the nose of the aircraft,however it suffered heavy losses during day light raids over Europe,until the introduction of long range escort fighters such as the P47Thunderbolt/P51Mustang.I do like the B24 but my choice would be the B17.
Regards Keith.

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