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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. Constructor Number 2123. During April 1941, delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17D Flying Fortress serial number 40-3095. Assigned to the 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 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 and the Japanese repaired the fuselage, possibly using 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 Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) flight testing and experiments. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17D Flying Fortress 40-3095
"3095 (11th BG, 61st BS) wrecked at Clark Field Dec 8, 1941 and restored to flyable status by Japanese"
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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October 18, 2018

 

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