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    Am having some artwork prepared for the Fortress II (B-17F) in service with the RAF and my illustrator has noted that some aircraft in RAF service were fitted with a transparent panel on the upper side of the usually relatively plain transparent nose cone. The panel appears to have a rim around it, at least on the two sides. Can anyone help as to the function and configuration of this panel?
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    Looking at a few pictures there appears to be a round astrodome on the top of the nose that is smaller than on most RAF bombers if that is the item you are referring to. Astrodomes were used for taking fixes on stars with a bubble sextant as well as an observation point to watch for fighters sometimes.
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    Rob,

    May I suggest that you post this enquiry at http://www.armyairforces.com/

    Some of the frequent posters on that forum were B-17 crewmembers and may be able to provide info.

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    Thanks, Dave and Ken.
    Was actually referring to a panel inset within the upper part of the nose cone. Have just found out it was an opening for an internally-mounted and braced machine gun that was covered off with a curved Perspex panel for aircraft delivered to the UK. It was one of the attempts to improve forward firepower in the light of operational experience.
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    Robert

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