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  B-17E "Crock O' Crap" Serial Number 41-2632  
USAAF
13th AF
5th BG
394th BS



Former Assignments
19th BG
93rd BS

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5th BG c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2632.

Wartime History
B-17 was flown from Hickam Field with an extra bomb bay fuel tank to Midway Airfield on Eastern Island to search for Japanese Naval forces and participated in the Battle of Midway then returned to Hickam Field.

During August 1942 ferried by pilot 1st Lt. Hugh S. Grundmann across the Pacific to Australia.

Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 93rd Bombardment Squadron Nicknamed "Crock O' Crap" (in quotes) with the nose art of a black crock below the name.

During October 1942, this B-17 was to return to the United States but was instead assigned to the 13th Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 394th Bombardment Squadron along with B-17E "Calamity Jane" 41-2440 and B-17E 41-2658. In this new assignment, the bomber retained the same nickname and nose art.

On August 24-25, 1943 while at Nadi Airfield on Fiji when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited on her Pacific tour, the crew were instructed to cover the nose art so as not to offender her.

On December 21, 1943 this B-17 returned to the United States. During 1945 scrapped at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

References
The Battle of Midway (1942) by John Ford includes footage of B-17E 41-2632 taking off from Midway Airfield
Fortress Against The Sun page 100 (crew photo), 387
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
April 17, 2017

 

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