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346th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group ‘2nd Patches’ B-17G Model

$279.00

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346th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group ‘2nd Patches’ B-17G Model

Fly with the 346th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group Squadron in this handcrafted B-17G model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand-painted to provide a piece you’ll love.

Length – 11 inches

Wingspan – 17 inches

History of B-17 42-38201 / 2nd Patches

Delivered Denver 13/1/44; Lakeland 1/2/44; Morrison 9/2/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Tortorella 30/3/44; transferred 346BS/99BG Tortorella 31/3/44, then 429BS; 41m two killed and 8 RTD when ship skidded on airfield PSP into railway embankment and broke up crashed on take off for Pardubice, Czecho. 24/8/44 and sal. 2nd PATCHES.

Source: Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log*

B-17G Flying Fortress “2nd Patches”
B-17G Flying Fortress “2nd Patches” Art by Willie Jones. This image is copyrighted and is the property of Willie Jones Jr. and is available only to members of the Armed Forces and Military organizations. 2nd Patches was a 15th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress assigned to 346th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group during World War II. On 31st March 1944 B-17F “Patches” of the 346th BS/99th BG effectively and B-17G 42-38201 of the 815th BS/483rd BG switched places. The B-17G became “2nd Patches”. 2nd Patches had been it’s share of rough times during it’s combat career as aircraft had replacement wing panels, fin and crew access door. It carried over 20 mission symbols and wore 99th BG late war markings with the addition of a shark-toothed chin turret. The black diamond Y represents the 99th Bomb Group and the ‘I’ the 346th Bomber Squadron. “2nd Patches” crashed on take off on the 24th August 1944 and was salvaged to keep other B-17s flying, whilst the original ‘Patches’ only survived until 31st March 1944. The B-17 had one of the heaviest bomb loads of the USAAF bombers of World War II. It could carry 6000 pounds of bombs over 2000 miles. B-17s dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs on Germany.