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  B-17D Flying Fortress Serial Number 40-3095 Tail 61 / 11B
USAAF
7th BG
14th BS

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IJN c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle during late April 1941. Constructor Number 2123. Assigned to the USAAF, 7th Bombardment Group, 14th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Assigned to pilot Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr. This B-17 was flown overseas via Hickam Field via Midway Airfield on September 5, 1941 before arriving in the Philippines.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 at 1200 hours, this B-17 was destroyed on the ground at Clark Field by Japanese bombing.

Wreckage
When Clark Field area was occupied by the Japanese, the wreckage of this bomber captured by the Japanese and the fuselage was repaired, possibly with parts from B-17D 40-3069 also destroyed on the ground.

Repaired to flying condition and painted with Japanese Hinomaru (rising sun) markings and flown to Japan as a war prize. During July 1942, this B-17 was displayed at Haneda Airfield together with other six other captured Allied aircraft.

Afterwards, assigned to Tachikawa Airfield for Army flight experiments and testing. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Fortress Against The Sun pages 144, 382-383, 398
Robert Mikesh "Japan's Mystery Fleet of American Bombers" Air Classic Vol 9, No 5, May 1973

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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