Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2237. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2426. On November 16, 1941 delivered to Fort Douglas Airfield. This bomber was ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 431st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname, squadron number 42. During August 1943 transfered to the 5th Air Force.
During early 1944, ferried across the Pacific Ocean back to the United States. On February 12, 1944 at Hendricks Army Airfield in Florida. During 1945 transfered to RFC. Sold for scrap on December 31, 1945.
Note, many publish references incorrectly associate B-17E 41-2426 with the loss of Major Marion Pharr on August 7, 1942. In fact, he and his crew were lost aboard B-17E 41-9220.
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-17E 41-2426
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E 41-2426
"2426 (11th BG, 431st BS0 MIA on recon flight over Northern Solomon Islands Aug 7, 1942) [This is incorrect]. Also listed as delivered to Salt Lake SAD Nov 16, 1941 transferred to 11BG/43BS as aircraft No. 42; transferred to 5AF Aug 1943; RETUS Hendricks Feb 12, 1944; to RFC and sold for scrap Dec 31, 1945."
Fortress Against The Sun page 224, 384 (both reference incorrect, associated with Pharr B-17E 41-9220)
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information.
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October 5, 2018