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  B-17D Flying Fortress Serial Number 40-3069  
USAAF
19th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructor Number 2097. In early 1941, delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17D Flying Fortress serial number 40-3069. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group. No known nose art or nickname.

This B-17 was flown overseas via Hickam Field with refueling stops at Midway Airfield on September 5, 1941, Wake Airfield, 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby and Batchelor Field near Darwin before arriving in the Philippines. This bomber operated from Clark Field on Luzon.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 while parked at Clark Field on Luzon, destroyed at noon by a Japanese bombing raid.

Wreckage
During January 1942 when the Japanese occupied Clark Field, the wreckage of this bomber captured. Possibly parts from this bomber were used to repair B-17D 40-3095.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17D Flying Fortress 40-3069
"3069 (19th BG) strafed on ground at Clark Field, Philppines Feb 22, 1942. Parts used by Japanese for a B-17D reconstruction."
USAF Serial Number Search Results - Fortress Against The Sun pages 382, 396, 398
Robert Mikesh "Japan's Mystery Fleet of American Bombers" Air Classic Vol 9, No 5, May 1973

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Last Updated
October 18, 2018

 

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