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  B-17E "Lucky 13" Serial Number 41-2413  
13th AF
5th BG
72nd BS

Former Assignments
11th BG
38th RS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2413. Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 38th Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
On December 6, 1941 took off from Hamilton Field the first take off from the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron crew no. 1 on an unarmed ferry flight bound for Hickam Field. Aboard was pilot Major Truman H. Landon, co-pilot 1st Lt William B. M. Ellis, 2d Lt George L. Newton, 2d Lt Chester H. Budz, Avn Cdt Erwin F. Cihak, MSgt John B. Meeks, TSgt Jesse L. Schneider, SSgt Albert E. Brawley, and Sgt Benjamin L. Hale. On the morning of December 7, 1941 incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s. The formation of B-17s arrived during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. This B-17 successfully landing at Hickam Field and was in commission the next day.

Afterwards, assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 72nd Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "Lucky 13" based on the last two digits of the serial number.

Mission History
On April 13, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Mario Sesso and ditched off Santa Isabel.

7 December 1941 The Air Force Story - Appendix D B-17s Arriving During the Attack B-17E 41-2413
Fortress Against The Sun page 12, 387

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Last Updated
April 11, 2018


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