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38th RS / 431st BS
|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert Richards, O-395292 Indianapolis, IN (survived)
Engineer SSgt Joseph Angelini, 38th RS (survived)
Radio Vernon "Tommy" Tomlinson, 19030242 Long Beach, CA (survived)
Force Landed December 7, 1941
This bomber was attacked by A6M2 Zero fighters from the Akagi, including A6M2 Zero piloted by PO1c Juichiro Hanyu who mistook the bomber as a transport aircraft. His attack scored hits on the bomber, causing damage and wounding two members of the crew, one severely. Pilot Richards force landed at Bellows Field the nearest alternate location, and was the last B-17 from the ferry flight to land on Oahu.
On the ground, the wounded crew was rushed for medical attention. Doctors stated that the most wounded had been saved, if a landing was delayed longer, he would have bled to death.
It was hoped this B-17 could be repaired. Instead, it was salvaged for parts and the rest scrapped.
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