Built by Boeing at Seattle. On June 11, 1942 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17F-1-BO Flying Fortress serial number 41-24357.
This B-17 was flown overseas piloted by Captain Edward W. Scott, Jr. departing Hamilton Field on July 28, 1942 to Hickam Field then across the Pacific flying via Christmas Island Airfield, Canton Airfield, Fiji and New Caledonia before arriving at Brisbane on August 6, 1942. This ferry flight of new B-17Fs including B-17F 41-24355, this aircraft, B-17F 41-24381 and B-17F 41-24384.
In Australia, briefly assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group at Charleville Airfield for training purposes for the crew to gain experience.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Tojo's Nite Mare". Also possibily nicknamed "Mama Maxie". Crew chief was Carl W. Rohde. This B-17 operated from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby flying bombing missions in New Guinea.
Steve Birdsall adds:
"I think that [pilot] Harry Staley flew this one a lot, but I'd have to go back and check. The spelling 'Tojo's Nite Mare' was another variation on a theme. The first aircraft named 'Tojo's Nightmare' was B-17E 41-2497."
During November 1943, transfered to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing and modified at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville as an armed transport. Painted on the nose was Squadron Number "75". Assigned to the 317th Troop Carrier Group, 41st Troop Carrier Squadron to pilot Lt. Jack D. Hoover with crew chief T/Sgt Art Tassoni. Renamed "The Super Chief".
During September 1945, this B-17 was scrapped in Australia.
Larry Rohde adds:
am the son of Carl W. Rohde who was the crew chief of the super chief I have photos of it if you would like
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17F-1-BO Flying Fortress 41-24357
"24357 to 63rd BS, 43rd BG, transferred to 41st TCS, 317th TCG. Salvaged Sep 1945 in Australia."
Pride of Seattle page 6
Fortress Against The Sun pages 235 (ferry flight arriving August 6, 1942), 390, 430 (footnote 29, ferry flight arriving August 6, 1942)
Ken's Men Against The Empire Volume 1 pages XXX
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information
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October 23, 2019