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B-17G "A Bit o' Lace"

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The B-17G is generally considered the definitive B-17 design, incorporating all changes made in the B-17F.

"A Bit o’ Lace" is possibly the most famous B-17G ever – It flew 83 missions with the 447th Bomb Group. It crossed to England on 18h June 1944, shortly after D-Day, and began combat flights on July 6th. Its first target was in the Pas de Calais region of France. It was the first of many lead roles. It took the lead at least 20 times, including the August 18th sortie with the 4th 'A' combat wing to St Dizier airfield. The aircraft was also taken by the group commander, Col. Wrigglesworth, to attack Brest harbor installations on September 5th.

From mid October, "A Bit o' Lace" settled into regular missions and was assigned to a number of pilots. Lt Warren Bates' crew performed 15 combat missions in the plane. Tom Mustaleski took it to Kiel on 4th April, suffering serious flak damage in the tail, but he managed to bring the ship home. In 83 total missions, not a single one was aborted due to mechanical failure - a remarkable achievement for its ground crew.

The plane was named by Milt Caniff, after a request by Lt. John Bauman seeking permission to use his popular comic strip personality "Miss Lace." Caniff sent a sketch entitled "A Bit o' Lace" and Nick Fingelly used his skill to apply it to the nose of the airplane. After the war, the B-17G “A Bit o’Lace” ended up in Kingman, Arizona, where it was scrapped.

Bonus contents in this pack include one double-sided industrial complex card and special rules.

Requires: WW2 Rules and Accessories Pack to play

Contents: One 1/200 scale model, gaming base, altitude stands, airplane cards, manoeuvre cards, Industrial Complex card and rules, counters, rules 


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