384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in World War II

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The G model was the final wartime version of the B-17. The most noticable feature of this aircraft is the power-operated "chin" turret containing dual .50-caliber machine guns (although some late-model B-17Fs were equipped with this feature).

The 384th received its first B-17G, serial number 42-31059, on 2 October 1943. All such aircraft were received with olive drab and gray camouflage paint finish, until serial number 42-32007 arrived on 1 March 1944. All new production aircraft arrived with unpainted "natural metal finish" starting with 42-32044 (Boeing), 42-97436 (Lockheed-Vega), and 42-106984 (Douglas).

The 384th received it's last combat B-17G, serial number 44-8923, on 12 April 1945. This aircraft flew only one combat mission, the final strategic bombing mission on 25 April 1945.

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