Academy 1/72 B17G 15th AF Fighter Ltd. Edition Kit
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The 15th Air Force was flying missions out of Foggia, Italy. The operations from Foggia began Nov. 2nd 1943. The 15th consisted of several bomb groups and a multitude of squadrons. The Second Bomb Group was a principle player in the fortunes of the 15th Air Force having already served in Algeria, Tunisia in Northern Africa. It arrived at Amendola, Foggia, Italy on December 10, 1943.
The last ground battle of the war was launched by the Fifteenth Air Force from the air. An offensive performance described by Field Marshal Alexander as the "Last Battle to End the War" was held April 9th-18th 1945. A bombardment by 1233 heavy bombers of the Fifteenth Air Force saturated the German defenses by dropping nearly 25,000 bombs within five miles of Allied Forces. This bombing allowed the U.S. Fifth Army and the British Eighth Army to penetrate into Northern Italy. A bombardier on each plane. Many precautions were taken to alleviate any errors such as variations in altitude, time etc. No bombs were to be released after 3:20 the British Eight's H-hour.