~ Salvaged WW2 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Engine Part ~
A mounted engine part from a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress which crashed off the coast of England during World War 2.
The plane crashed in the sea off Pett Level in East Sussex, England which is situated on the south coast between Rye and Hastings, where this piece along with other parts were later recovered.
The engine piece is mounted on a circular wooden board with a hand written label attached.
~ Dimensions ~
The mounting board has a diameter of 19cm (7 ½ inches).
The engine piece on board has a height of 10cm (4 inches).
It weighs 1.1 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The engine piece is in a condition commensurate with sea salvage, with rust and damage as expected.
The board is in a decent condition.
The label is somewhat worn and some details cannot be read.
~ Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ~
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).
The RAF entered World War II with no heavy bomber of its own in service but in early 1940, the RAF entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Air Corps to acquire 20 B-17Cs, which were given the service name Fortress I.
By September, the RAF had lost eight B-17Cs in combat and had experienced numerous mechanical problems, and Bomber Command abandoned daylight bombing raids using the Fortress I because of the aircraft’s poor performance.
As use by Bomber Command had been curtailed, the RAF transferred its remaining Fortress I aircraft to Coastal Command for use as a long-range maritime patrol aircraft, instead.