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USAAF B-17 Dispositions

 


 
USAAF B-17 Dispositions--November 1941 to August 1945

The table below shows the disposition of USAAF B-17s at the end of each month from November 1941 to August 1945. The first column gives the number of new B-17s accepted from factories and includes those that were subsequently delivered to the RAF and US Navy. The second column shows the end of month second column shows the end of month total of B-17s in USAAF service world-total of B-17s in USAAF service world-wide and the last two columns the distribution between the continental USA and overseas. From half to two-thirds of the USA monthly figure involves aircraft at modification centers or awaiting overseas delivery. The sharp increase in June and July 1945 is the result of B-17s being returned from Europe after hostilities ceased.  The average cost of a B-17B C and D, B-17Es and B-17Fs of 1942 averaged $258,949. In 1944 B-17Gs averaged $204,370 per unit and the final deliveries in 1945 were reduced to an average cost of 5187.742 each. This included the airframe and all equipment installed on the fly-away aircraft at the factory.

Month Factory Acceptances On Hand USAAF On Hand USA On Hand Overseas
Nov-41 55 145 84 61
Dec-41 93 198 117 81
Jan-42 74 221 107 114
Feb-42 75 261 133 128
Mar-42 85 355 211 144
Apr-42 90 445 281 164
May-42 90 499 312 187
Jun-42 99 535 333 202
Jul-42 107 645 408 237
Aug-42 121 721 393 328
Sep-42 137 830 501 329
Oct-42 150 926 505 421
Nov-42 163 1063 604 459
Dec-42 221 1239 769 470
Jan-43 199 1356 892 464
Feb-43 259 1556 892 617
Apr-43 327 2035 1144 891
May-43 345 2265 1175 1090
Jun-43 333 2460 12S2 1178
Jul-43 379 2675 1416 1259
Aug-43 383 2874 1643 1231
Sep-43 386 3031 1772 1259
Oct-43 406 3194 1859 1335
Nov-43 426 3270 1752 1518
Dec-43 450 3528 1868 1660
Jan-44 472 3717 1896 1821
Feb-44 488 3836 2038 1798
Mar-44 578 4070 2165 1905
Apr-44 475 4160 2126 2034
May-44 524 4268 2225 2043
Jun-44 508 ?428 2359 ?069
Jul-44 468 4525 2386 2139
Aug-44 476 4574 2311 2263
Sep-44 422 4552 2067 2485
Oct-44 327 4499 1764 2735
Nov-44 308 4440 1614 2823
Dec-44 306 4419 1533 2886
Jan-45 319 4253 1335 2918
Feb-45 304 4146 1178 2968
Mar-45 307 3972 966 3006
Apr-45 243 3717 880 2837
May-45 179 3654 1023 2631
Jun-45 136 3692 l967 1785
Jul-45 64 3675 2449 1226
Aug-45   3677 2405 1272

Appendix 2

USAAF B-17 Deployment in Theatres of War--November 1941 to August 1945

ETO -- European Theatre of Operations covered Western Europe and in this case applies only to B-17's of the 8th Air Force operating form the United Kingdom.   MTO -- Mediterranean Theatre of Operations covers B-17s operating from the Middle East (9th Air Force) until November 1942. then North Africa (12th Air Force) until November 1943, and thereafter Italy (15thAirForce).  POA -- Pacific Ocear. Area covering island groups across the central Pacific where eight B-17squadlons served with the 7th Air Force--until transferred to the FEAF.   FEAF-- Far East Air Forces applied to Australia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands where B-17s served with the 5th and 13th Air Forces in 16 squadrons at different times.   CBI -- China-Burna-India theatre found only a maximum of two B-17 squadrons operating in India and Burma with the 10th Air Force.  The figures given cover only bomber configured B-17s and not those designated for other purposes such as transport or air-sea rescue. For example, there were an average of 20 B-17Gs converted as airborne lifeboat carriers and for special transports with the 20th Air Force in the Marianas Islands during the summer of 1945. Neither do the figures include second-line aircraft used for training and communications work. An average 120 war-weary B-17s were in hand for such duties during the period May 1944 - May 1945.  ALASKA -- The 11th Air Force engaged in operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands and had a single B-17 squadron for some months.

MONTH ETO MTO POA FEAF CBI ALASKA
Nov-41 0 0 12 35   0
Dec-41 0 0 42 14   0
Jan-42 0 0 39 27 3 0
Feb-42 0 0 42 23 8 0
Mar-42 0 0 32 27 10 1
Apr-42 0 0 32 45 12 1
May-42 0 0 57 51 19 1
Jun-42 0 0 73 67 19 8
Jul-42 44 10 36 99 12 6
Aug-42 104 10 36 108 8 5
Sep-42 144 11 23 124 10 11
Oct-42 234 11 2 119 10 11
Nov-42 108 64 1 119 10 11
Dec-42 178 6 1 110 10 11
Jan-43 175 118 1 98 10 10
Feb-43 186 142 1 92 10 10
Mar-43 229 167 1 85 10 5
Apr-43 502 195 1 81 10 4
May-43 599 225 1 76 4 4
Jun-43 783 269 1 70 4 5
Jul-43 820 314 1 65 2 5
Aug-43 786 338 1 64 2 6
Sep-43 835 313 1 58 2 6
Oct-43 907 298 0 0 1 2
Nov-43 1166 268 0 0 0 0
Dec-43 1302 28g 0 0 0 0
Jan-44 1341 309 0 0 0 0
Feb-44 1412 285 0 0 0 0
Mar-44 1487 397 0 0 0 0
Apr-44 1492 368 0 0 0 0
May-44 1502 361 0 0 0 0
Jun-44 1471 315 0 0 0 0
Jul-44 1695 316 0 0 0 0
Aug-44 1829 366 0 0 0 0
Sep-44 1927 407 0 0 0 0
Oct-44 2143 476 0 0 0 0
Nov-44 2123 476 0 0 0 0
Dec-44 2168 509 0 0 0 0
Jan-45 2125 538 0 0 0 0
Feb-45 2269 521 0 0 0 0
Mar-45 2367 524 0 0 0 0
Apr-45 2291 497 0 0 0 0
May-45 1988 529 0 0 0 0
Jun-45 1147 457 0 0 0 0
Jul-45 787 377 0 0 0 0
Aug-45 780 343 0 0 0 0