H-K Models 1/48 B-17F Flying Fortress “Knockout Dropper”
B-17F-20-BO 41-24605 arrived in the 303rd Bomb Group (H) in July 1942. She arrived in England with the rest of the group that November. Named “Knockout Dropper,” a year after her arrival she celebrated returning from her 50th mission on November 17, 1943. Quite an achievement in a year when the odds were stacked against the B-17s. A man flying his sixth mission was, statistically, flying someone else’s time, and their odds of making 25 missions and going home were 5:1 against. The odds of a crew making it through all the way all together were 10:1 against. The average life of a B-17 in 1943 was five missions before it was shot down or shot up so badly it went to the boneyard. “Knockout Dropper” completed Mission #75 on March 27, 1944, and after completing #80 on April 7, she and her fourth crew flew back across the Atlantic and made a nationwide war bonds tour. Sadly, “Knockout Dropper” was turned into aluminum siding on July 27, 1945.
Full review of the new H-K kit at Modeling Madness on March 18. You can check out building the model in the Work In Progress group.
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