|Pilot Larry D. Dennis
Crashed May 29, 1943
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 88th Recon Squadron based at Albuquerque Airfield. No known nickname or nose art.
On December 6, 1941 took off from Hamilton Field on an unarmed ferry flight bound for Hickam Field on Oahu. This bomber had the .50 caliber machine guns installed but carried no ammunition. Aboard was "Crew No. 4" including pilot 1st Lt Bruce G. Allen, co-pilot 2nd Lt Charles N. McArthur, Jr., Aviation Cadet Leo M. Eminger, Avn Cdt Walter B. Decker, MSgt Horace K. Hunsberger, Sgt Floyd A. Wright, Jr., PFC Raymond E. Fetty, Pvt Richard E. Morris, and Pvt J. W. Childers.
On December 7, 1941 in the morning incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s and arrived during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. This B-17 landed safely at Hickam Field.
On May 29, 1943 crashed at Sebring, Florida piloted Larry D. Dennis. Three were killed in the crash. Written off the same day as the crash.
7 December 1941 - The Air Force Story -
Appendix D - B-17s Arriving During the Attack - B-17C 40-2063
Fortress Against The Sun pages 382
AAIR - May 1943 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports - May 29, 1943 B-17E 40-2063
Thanks to David Tanner for additional information
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November 11, 2018