|Pilot Major James Edmundson, C. O. 431st Bombardment Squadron (survived)
Co-Pilot Captain Jack Thornhill (survived)
Ditched January 7, 1943
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2207. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas across the Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 72nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 7, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Major James Edmundson (C. O. 431st Bombardment Squadron) with co-pilot Captain Jack Thornhill on a flight bound for Espiritu Santo for repairs. During the flight, this B-17 was flying on three engines when two more engines failed, forcing it to ditch off San Cristobal Island (Makira). Officially, this B-17 was condemned on July 15, 1944.
This B-17 remains on a coral reef offshore San Cristobal Island (Makira). At least one of the propellers and engines remains in shallow water.
Fortress Against The Sun pages 273, 332, 383
Archaehistoria - Solomon Islands November 2014 Expedition (report, photo)
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