On December 6, 1941, 12 B-17s of the 38th Reconnaissance Squadrons took off from Hamilton Field, California on a ferry flight bound for Hickam Field Hawaii en route to reinforce the Philippines. Each bomber was carrying their machine gun armament, but no ammunition. B-17C (serial 40-2074) of 38th Reconnaissance Squadron was the second B-17 to take off from Hamilton Field piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson.
On the morning of December 7, 1941 as the B-17s approched Hawaii, incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s. The B-17 formation arrived over Oahu at roughly 8:00am during the midst of the surprise attack and witnessed anti-aircraft fire bursting and air combat as they began their landing approach. While on finals to land at Hickam Field, two A6M2 Zeros opened fire from the rear, hitting the bomber’s flare box, causing it to catch fire and fill the fuselage with. The B-17 aborted the landing and attempted to hide in clouds, but due to the smoke quickly landed. After touching down and rolling roughly 400′, the fuselage, weakened by the fire buckled and broke off, separating from the front half of the bomber. Captain Swenson’s B-17 gained the dubious distinction of being the first American airplane to be attacked by air in World War II.
Paper model contains 22 sheets including:
Introduction sheet with aircraft history, exploded view parts diagram and what sheet parts are to be found.
Models sheets are numbered in the suggested order of assembly. Each sheet has assembly instructions and diagrams.
Over 125 parts including wing spars and fuselage and wing formers. As well as optional butt joint tabs.
Optional parts sheets for enhanced detailed landing gear wheels and engine faces.
Various diorama accessories scattered through out the parts sheets such as: ammunition boxes, oil drums, carts, ladders, etc.
Also Crew figure cut-outs.
Detailed graphic textures, with realistic weathering and surface features.
Degree of difficulty: 4/5