B-17E (Japan)

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▅B-17E Flying Fortress
General characteristics
9 peopleCrew
30.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
4 х Wright R-1820-65Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
515 km/hStructural
290 km/hGear
Defensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun3 х Turret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm Browning machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
12 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
6 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
4 900 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 600/5 200/2 300Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
× (166 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the aircraft B-17E (Japan). For other uses, see B-17 (Family).


GarageImage B-17E Japan.jpg

The ▅B-17E Flying Fortress is a premium Rank IV Japanese heavy bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 5.0 (RB), and 5.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.

The B-17E Flying Fortress, as the name suggests, is intended to be used as a high-altitude level bomber, designed to target enemy airfields, military bases, factories, and other infrastructure crucial to winning the war. Despite its large bomb-load, it is not recommended to target moving ground targets, such as tank formations, unless they are the only targets. This is because of the inaccuracy of the bombs at such high altitude, and since columns will simply disperse when they sight bombs falling. When using the B-17E, it is always best to group up with others in a wedge-like formation for optimal defense against air targets and climb to an altitude of, at least, 4,000 m. A few fighter escorts, would ensure the survival of friendly bombers, only if they adopt fighter-sweep tactics to hunt down enemy fighters converging on the formation.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,680 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
497 483 36.9 37.9 5.8 5.6 600
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,680 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
523 510 35.1 36.0 8.7 7.2 600


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
515 290  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 360 < 300 < 323 > 210
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,180 4,000 hp 4,708 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm Steel plate behind nose gunner
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates behind pilots
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates behind dorsal gunners
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates in front of beam gunners
  • 6.35 mm Steel plates in front of tail gunner
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner


Suspended armament

The B-17E (Japan) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 12 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (6,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The B-17E (Japan) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, front dorsal turret, (500 rpg = 1000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, rear dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, 2 x beam turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, tail turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

Generally, the plane's role should not diverge from this norm, as it is ineffective and costly as a low altitude bomber. Survival is an utmost importance to be remembered when using this plane. While one target may be missed, there will always be another opportunity to make another pass once reloaded and repaired. The few M2 machine guns in the nose cannot protect the most vulnerable part of any B-17 - the nose. Protected only by a layer of Plexiglas and almost no armor (Excluding the frontal bulkhead, which only covers the pilot/co-pilot's torso), most of the crew critical in the success of the mission, including the pilot, co-pilot, bombardier and navigator would be knocked-out instantly. If targeted by German cannons, most notably, the Mk 108. Just a burst of 30 mm MK 108 placed anywhere on the aircraft , would compromise the crew's survival and even the aircraft's structural integrity.

When facing German fighters and interceptors in realistic battles', it is best to use Omni-purpose or Armour-piercing/Ground Targets ammunition belts for the Browning M2 .50 cal turret machine guns, which is likely to punch through their noses when tailing the B-17E. These ammunition belts are effective at tearing through the engine block of a Focke-Wulf Fw 190D or Messerschmitt Bf 109G, hopefully resulting in an internal engine fire, a pilot snipe, or an inoperable engine for the opponent.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (Turret) SBC-17
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (Turret) MBC-17
  • Since this is a premium aircraft; all modifications are unlocked and equipped from purchase.

Pros and cons


  • Large payload
  • Powerful air defense capabilities
  • Multiple engines, can fly on one if necessary (But with a great loss in altitude and speed)
  • Rugged design allows for soaking up damage
  • Mostly unaffected by light machine gun fire, and to an extent, heavy machine guns
  • Good speed for a bomber of its peers
  • Multiple turrets covering almost all angles
  • Can quite often return to base with extensive damage
  • Pilot and co-pilot, if one of them is knocked out, the B-17E can keep flying


  • Big target
  • Fairly Slow
  • Nose is extremely vulnerable, the only armor on the front is the front bulkhead, covering only the pilot and copilot's torso
  • Vulnerable to German "Minengeschoß" and > 20 mm gunfire
  • Engine fires are common
  • Wings are big and thus commonly torn off by gunfire
  • Nose protection is extremely limited, try to avoid frontal attacks as much as possible


In WW2 the Japanese army captured crashed B-17s in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies. They were tested by the IJAAF Koku Gijutsu Kenkyujo (Air Technical Research Laboratory) at Tachikawa. Little is known about these B-17s, but their historical photographs are valuable to telling the story of the bombers.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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