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  B-17E "City of San Francisco" Serial Number 41-2415  
5th BG
31st BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. This B-17 was purchased with donations from citizens of San Francisco, California. Nicknamed "City of San Francisco". Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2415.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 31st Bombardment Squadron. Ferried overseas via Hamilton Field across the Pacific to the South Pacific before arriving at Bomber 1 on Espiritu Santo.

On December 16, 1942 one of six took off at 6:45am from Bomber 1 Airfield on Espiritu Santo (Buttons) piloted by Lt. Omar D. Thomas on a bombing mission led by Captain Hall against Munda Airfield. Each bomber was armed with twenty 100 lb fragmentation bombs. Arriving over the target at 11:58 and spotted by enemy fighters that did not attack. After bombing the target, the formation was intercepted by twelve A6M Zeros. Lost was B-17E "G. I. Angel" 41-2521 (crew rescued).

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Note some published references incorrectly list Captain Robert S. Porter and crew as lost aboard B-17E 41-2415 MIA June 5, 1942 in error. In fact, they went missing aboard B-17E 41-9212.
Fortress Against The Sun pages 303, 384 (lists Ports are lost aboard B-17E 41-2415 off Midway in error)
USAF Serial Number Search Results B-17E 41-2415 incorrectly lists as lost during Battle of Midway
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018


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