up-gunned B-17 photos?

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    I read recently that some B-17s carried 6 or 8 more fifty calibers than normal on an experimental basis. Where and how were they mounted and are there any photos of one of these planes?
     
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    Page from the book the Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn. The 91st bombardment group. Published by schiffer books.
     
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    Second picture is from Squadron signal B-17 in action. I beleive that answers all your questions. :D
     

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    Sure does. Thank you!
     
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    Your welcome!!! :D
     
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    There were a number of field modifications to standard B-17's. Old 666 was a great example. If I remember "Dogfights" correctly, she carried a total of 19 x .50 cal.

    I cannot seem to find a pic of her, but most/all of her singles were replaced with duals.
     
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    #7 Micdrow, Oct 4, 2009
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    Your correct VB, there were significant modifcations to B-17's. Probably more then we will ever know. One I beleive had a cannon in the nose instead of a 50. Some had armor plates for the side gunners mounted. Off hand I cant think of more modifications.
     

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    Few more gun mount pictures. Some went into production. Others went away.
     

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    Great info, thanks Paul and Dave!
     
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