1/72 Hasegawa B 17 F 'Hells Angels', 8th AF 303rd BG 358sqd.

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  1. Heinz

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    #1 Heinz, Dec 14, 2009
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    Scale:1/72
    Manufacturer: Hasegawa
    Model type: B-17 F
    Details : B 17 F 'Hells Angels', 8th AF 303rd BG 358sqd.

    Pulled out the old Hasegawa B 17 F I had stashed away. It has raised panel lines but looks alright overall. Curious to see if the decals will be ok, they seem in good enough nick. I may add a few details like ammo boxes and some details to the navigator and radio operator areas. Other than that it will be purely OOB.

    From http://www.303rdbg.com/h-ha-name.html:

    " The original 303rd crews received new B-17F aircraft at Kellogg Field, MI and were given the opportunity to name their new Flying Fortresses. The flights to Gander Field, NF allowed crews to check their aircraft for deficiencies before making the over-the-water flight to the UK.

    The Group's most famous B-17, Hell's Angels was not named when Captain Irl E. Baldwin and his crew flew her from Kellogg Field, MI to England. On their B-17s 4th or 5th mission, Captain Baldwin remarked on interphone that he was thinking about a name. He asked, "How about 'Hell's Angels' from the movie of that name. One of the crewman, commenting on the mission being flown stated, "This is the closest to hell that angels will ever get!" The crew then agreed that Hell's Angels would be a good name for their B-17.

    The Hell's Angels nose art was designed and painted on the right side of the fuselage by PFC Bernard K. Kastenbaum in late November or early December, 1942. Eighth Air Force Headquarters later issued a directive that squadron and aircraft Ietters would be painted on the side of the fuselage of all bombers. Bernie K. Kastenbaum was transferred to the 1st Bomb Wing Headquarters at Brampton Grange on 19 December 1942 and was promoted to S/Sgt as a draftsman. His original nose art was removed to permit the painting of the squadron and aircraft letters (VK-D). The art work was then repainted on the nose by S/Sgt Harold E. Godwin, Tail Gunner on the Captain Baldwin crew. S/Sgt Godwin completed his 25th mission tour on 25 May 1943 and departed the 358th BS for the USA on 2 June 1943.

    On 07 January 1944, following several weeks of suggestions, debates and arguments, and by a vote of the 303rd BG(H) staff and Squadron commanders, the name Hell's Angels was adopted by the 303rd Bombardment Group (H). At that time the numerical designation of bomb groups in England was still on the secret list, and the men of the 303rd wanted some name that was simple, descriptive and appropriate for one of the Eighth Air Force's top organizations. The name was taken from the old B-17F Hell's Angels, one of the group's original planes that had already made an impressive record of dependability, endurance and mechanical efficiency.

    The old Fortress had helped make the group famous by running up a total of 25 missions without returning early (the first heavy bomber in the Eighth Air Force to reach that mark) and went on to the 40th mission before a slight mechanical failure forced an early turnback.

    At 48 missions Hell's Angels and her ground crew of six men were selected from the Eighth Air Force to return to the U.S. for a tour of the war factories. On hand for the sendoff ceremony was Ben Lyon, then a Lt. Col. in the USAAF on the staff of Gen. Ira Eaker, commander of the 8th AF.

    On this tour Hell's Angels, both as an airplane and as a Bomb Group, became famous all over the entire United States. The crew told hundreds of thousands of war workers of the trials and hardships of the early days of daylight bombing missions and pointed out the patches that covered the old Fort from nose to tail. They were very proud of the fact that no member of its aircrew was ever wounded in action.

    Although this record was surpassed many times by many aircraft during the later years, Hell's Angels was the champion of the early days and will always be the champion in the eyes of the 303rd."

    Heres some shots of the kit and the B 17 itself.

    Cheers.
     

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    Nice choice Alex!!
     
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    Thanks Andy!
     
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    Nice one Alex, I may actually have alot of info on this aircraft simular to the B-25 Peggy Lou I was doing in the MTO build for Jan. May have to do some digging.
     
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    #5 Heinz, Dec 14, 2009
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    Thanks Paul, anything would be appreciated mate! :)
     
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    Wow! Another great project Alex - this is going to be good! 8)

    Cheers

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    Nice choice Alex. It wouldn't be real Heavy Hitters Group Build without an B-17 as an entry. Looking forward to see your work on this model.
     
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    Oustanding choice Alex!
     
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    Great choice Alex. I should have some more pics of this aircraft somewhere I think. Note also, I think the code letters had changed to grey when the bars were added to the star national markings. I'll check on this, as some units were slow to make the changbe over.
     
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    Good choice Alex. I'm glad to see another B-17 in this GB. To be honest I thought there would be more. I look forward to seeing your progress.
     
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    Nice choice.

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    Found a couple for you already Alex including a picture of the other side of the aircraft though its not very clear.
     

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    Not sure what all your after Alex but take a look here, few pictures of Hell's Angles including crew pictures and such, documents on missions just look for your B-17. Even shows a different postion of the emblem before it was moved to the nose location. Its in the first colume almost at the bottom of the page.

    Nose Art and Ground Crews
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Again anything would be appreciated Terry, if they are grey I may something spare not sure though.

    Thanks Paul those shots are great! I've been trawling through the 303rd site and its great reading. Overall Im just curious to see if there is much really noticeable patch up work from battle damage and how heavy to weather it in general.
    Thanks again mate.
     
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    Just posting a few other things I've found, all from 303rds site bar 1.
    Have a profile which confirms what you said Terry, they are grey!
     

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    Suh-weet!! I plan on building the 1/72 Academy Memphis Belle for a friend during the first third of 2010. Anyone got good shots of her?
     
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    Awesome choice mate 8) look forward to the progress
     
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    Great choice Alex, a big beautiful machine. Looking forward to the reports.
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