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    OLD " 666" B-17 a reputation for getting"Shot to Hell",on every mission

    “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”― Heraclitus

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    Interesting video. Stock "E" and (some) "F" model B-17s were vulnerable to head-on attacks, lacking a nose or chin gun. Late "F" and the "G" models added a chin gun. The initial attacks by the Zeros reflected that knowledge, but the B-17 crew had upgraded their "E" plane to add nose guns. The two Zeros shot down early were the result of that upgrade.

    Zeros' armament was a mismatch and could have been more effective. The 7.7mm machine guns lacked the hitting power of the .50 caliber guns common in US fighters. Their 20mm cannon hit plenty hard, but Zeros couldn't carry a lot of 20mm shells (that the Japanese fighters had 20mm cannon is evidence that the attackers were actually Zeros, not misidentified Ki-43 Oscars). Also, the ballistic curves of the 7.7mm and 20mm guns were so different that they required different aiming. Zeros were faster and also longer range compared to American fighters. BUT that speed and range was bought by not protecting the pilot with cockpit armor or having self-sealing fuel tanks. The latter, evidently, was a factor in this fight.
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