|Pilot Lt. Ralph K. De Loach, O-440981 St. Petersburg, FL
Co-Pilot Lt Joseph H. Moore, O-426411 Aliquippa, PA
Navigator Lt Charles H. Shaver, O-797085 Lee, MA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Herman J. Dias, O-729959 San Francisco, CA
Engineer SSgt Delbert C. Smith, 39166314 Anahiem, CA (WIA)
Radio TSgt George Prezioso, 12009388 Belleville, NJ
Ball Turret Joseph F. Wilson, 13052496 Philadelphia, PA
Waist Gunner Private Daniel Clinton, 11037309 Brockton, MA
Waist Gunner Cpl Jim Peterson, 17043264 Mason City, IA
Tail Gunner SSgt Paul J. Blasewitz, 12028587 AR
Ditched July 11, 1943
Assigned to Captain Kenneth D. McCullar who nicknamed the bomber "Black Jack" because the serial number ended in "21". The right side of the nose had the nose art of two playing cards: Jack and Ace making 21 in blackjack. McCullar had an extra 50 caliber machine gun rigged into the nose to fire forward triggered from the pilot's control column.
On November 24, 1942 "Black Jack"took off on a mission against destroyers in Huon Gulf piloted by McCullar. Over Japanese ships, the B-17 performed a skip bombing attack from 200', with bombs impacting off the stern of the destroyer. Anti-aircraft fire hit ammunition and started a fire in the tail section that was successfully extinguished. On the second bombing run the B-17 was hit again and three crew were injured. On the third run the left outboard engine was hit and the engine did not feather and controls damaged. McCullar made two more attacks from higher altitude and the right outboard engine failed due to a hit in the fuel system. Out of bombs, they departed. On the return flight the damaged left engine's propeller broke off and spun off. Loosing altitude, the crew jettisoned all equipment possible and managed to restart the right engine and managed to climb over the Owen Stanley Mountains back to Port Moresby. Later that night, RAAF Beaufort crews reported a destroyer sinking. During B-17s attacks, Hayashio was hit and later scuttled by the Japanese.
Damaged on a night bombing attack against Japanese destroyers on . After being repaired it was flown by McCullar's co-pilot Lt. Harry Staley, until he completed his tour of duty. Staley added to the nose art, adding "The Joker's Wild" to the left side of the nose.
Returning, the bomber was caught in a violent storm, with the two engines on the right wing malfunctioning. The pilots could not hold a straight course and got lost and ran low on fuel. Since co-pilot Moore had previously ditched a B-17, DeLoach handed the controls over to him.
The B-17 ditched off Kakau and the Makau Mission near Boga Boga off Cape Vogel. During the ditching, three of the crew were injured. The worst injury was engineer Smith who had been seated between the two pilots and suffered a broken back. The entire crew escaped the aircraft, deployed their life rafts an were aided ashore by friendly villagers who gave them food and shelter in their village.
Afterwards, the crew were awarded several awards for the mission: DeLoach and Moore earned the Silver Star. Smith, Wilison and Prezioso earned the Bronze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster.
On December 27, 1986 discovered by SCUBA diver Rodney Pearce. also present were David Pennefather and Bruce Johnson. Nearly intact, the nose is torn and crumpled from impacting the seafloor nose first. Aside from the two waist guns and radio transmitters, jettisoned prior to ditching, all other weapons and gear were still aboard.