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2007/01/08 19:33:15 (permalink)
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B-17 Oxygen Tank

My wife's uncle's B-17 caught fire after bombing Berlin (March 6, 1944) and crashed. A survivor stated that cannon shells from ME-109s and FW-190s pierced the oxygen tank somewhere in the nose causing a blow-torch type of fire. Where was the oxygen tank in this A/C?

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    billrunnels
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    RE: B-17 Oxygen Tank 2007/01/08 19:51:57 (permalink)
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    There were 5 oxygen cylinders at left side of cockpit, 3 at right side of cockpit and 7 under the pilot's floor. The remaining 3 were under the radio compartment floor.

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    RE: B-17 Oxygen Tank 2007/01/09 07:17:06 (permalink)
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    Hello Ellis
     
    If you go to this site http://b17bomber.de/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=6&sessionid=ee415346d3fee60355b2074842b89b04
     
    You can find cut out drawings of the B17
     
    Heinz

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    Thanks! 2007/01/09 09:12:57 (permalink)
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    Thank you Bill and Heinz. This is one great site for information!

    Cheers,

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    RE: Thanks! 2007/01/09 12:30:47 (permalink)
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    this gave a very good idea...

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    http://i01.servimg.com/u/10/00/36/22/oxygen10.jpg
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    RE: Thanks! 2007/01/10 16:49:31 (permalink)
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    Ellis
     
    How do know that there was a blow torch effect, I know that O2 supports combustion but is not cobustable.
     
    Case in point   When returning from a target and in relative saftey when letting down, when at about 18M feet I would light up a cigarette. With the O2 hose in one hand and the cigarette in the other I would take a puff, as things went black I  would take a suck of O2, so a puff and a suck. As an experiment I would hold the O2 hose next to my mouth , the cigarette slightly away and blow the O2 through the cigarette,  a sheet of flame would shoot out. 

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    My tour was from 7/19/43-2/13/44
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    blow torch effect 2007/01/10 20:55:53 (permalink)
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    The "blow torch effect", and words like it, came from the MACR, the Mission Report folder and a survivor. Both the MACR and the survivor mention armor piercing incendiary shells hitting the oxygen tanks.

    Jules, I am fully aware of what the difference is between an oxidizer and a combustible.

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