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  B-17F-1-BO "Tojo's Nite Mare / The Super Chief" Serial Number  41-24357  
5th AF
54th TCW

Former Assignments
43rd BG
63th BS
43rd BG January 1943
Rohde c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army on June 11, 1942. Ferried overseas by pilot by Captain Edward W. Scott, Jr. via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
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 crew chief T/Sgt Art Tassoni. Renamed "The Super Chief" and assigned to the 317th Troop Carrier Group, 41st Troop Carrier Squadron to Lt. Jack D. Hoover.

During September 1945, this B-17 was scrapped in Australia.

Larry Rohde adds:
"I 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

Pride of Seattle page 6
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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