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  B-17E "San Antonio Rose" Serial Number 41-2416  
USAAF
5th AF
7th BG
9th RS


USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to US Army on November 14, 1941 and flown by Lt. Frank Bostrom from Boeing Filed to Hamilton Field. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "San Antonio Rose" with a Mexican girl painted on the pilot's side of cockpit.

Wartime History
On December 6, 1941 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Frank P. Bostrom as part of an unarmed ferry flight that departed Hamilton Field bound for Hickam Field. 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 bomber was accidentally fired on by a U.S. Navy destroyer and attacked by A6M2 Zero fighters. Some damage sustained, but none of the crew were injured. This B-17 force landed at Kuhuku Golf Course. Stuck for two days, the bomber was freed and on December 9, 1941 and flown to Hickam Field.

Sometime after December 7, 1941, painted in Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) three color camouflage scheme consisting of dark green, olive drab and tan upper surfaces with standard gray lower surfaces.

During the remainder of December 1942 this B-17 flew reconnaissance missions from Hickam Field to patrol the Pacific Ocean area around Hawaii.

On February 10, 1942 departed Hickam Field on a ferry flight bound for Australia. During the flight, a directive was issued that all B-17 type aircraft were to be referred to as Hudson Mark 6 aircraft in all communications that involved wireless transmission.

During the evening of February 22, 1942 this B-17 accidentally collided with B-17E 41-2434 and was unable to participate in the first American bombing mission against Rabaul. Heavily damaged, this B-17 was stripped for usable parts. Immediately, the left wing tip was used to repair B-17E 41-2434.

By April 1942, it was stripped of all usable parts. Officially written off at Brisbane January 31, 1944.

References
Fortress Against The Sun pages 19, 153

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January 9, 2018

 

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