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|Pilot Captain Raymond T. Swenson (survived)
Co-Pilot Ernest L. "Roy" Reid (survived)
Bombardier Aviation Cadet G. C. Beale (WIA, survived)
Navigator 2nd Lt. H. R. Taylor (WIA, survived)
Engineer MSgt L. B. Pouncy (survived)
Asst Engineer Sgt Earl T. Williams (survived)
Radio Cpl M. C. Lucas (survived)
Gunner Pvt. Bert Lee (survived)
Passenger 1st Lt. William R. Schick (WIA, KIA)
Destroyed December 7, 1941
During the morning of December 7, 1941 incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s.
The B-17 formation arrived over Oahu at roughly 8:00am during the midst of the surprise attack and witnessed anti-aircraft fire bursting and air combat as they began their landing approach. While on finals to land at Hickam Field, two A6M2 Zeros opened fire from the rear, hitting the bomber's flare box, causing it to catch fire and fill the fuselage with smoke and Lt. Schick reported he was hit in the leg.
The B-17 aborted the landing and attempted to hide in clouds, but due to the smoke quickly landed. After touching down and rolling roughly 400', the fuselage, weakened by the fire buckled and broke off, separating from the front half of the bomber.
On the ground, the crew ran from the smoking wreckage while being strafed by Zeros. Taylor was hit by a small piece of shrapnel in the neck. Beale was shot in the leg. Schick who had been wounded in the leg in the air, was hit in the head by a bullet. Evacuated by ambulance, he died in the afternoon from his injuries.
Ernest Reid recalled in Shot Down at Pearl Harbor:
Tammy Ahrens Funkhouser (granddaughter of Ernest L. "Roy" Reid)
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