aurora wrote:Short answer Paul -YES and YES. It is inconceivable that once a box of B17's comes under attack-the speed of the enemy attack will have the B17 gunners firing all over the sky.
Due to the Luftwaffe Schräge Musik attacks, a variety of unofficial field modifications were made, including fitting of 20 mm cannon or a .50 inch machine gun in the open hole where the FN.64 had been installed, before an official modification (Mod 925) fitted with a .303 inch machine gun was authorized for the same location, though not in all aircraft.
These were rarely installed on other variants as the H2S radar that was not used on the B II was mounted there. Three types of bulged bomb bay were used on the B II, the prototype having a narrow bulge running from just aft of the cockpit to the end of the bomb bay, while early production examples had a full width bulge that ran the same length and on late production examples the bomb bay doors were prominently bulged throughout their length.
aurora wrote:Looking at the big picture which of the two mentioned aircraft was the more effective in WW2 ? ?
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