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Below the pilot's window on the left side of the nose was a scoreboard with yellow bomb markings indicating combat missions flown, white aircraft silhouettes for enemy aircraft claimed and ship icons for ships claimed and white twin engines aircraft claimed. Painted overall olive drab.
On March 3, 1943 during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea took off from Mareeba Airfield with B-17F "Ka Puhio Wela / Double Trouble" 41-24356 and another bomber on a bombing mission to attack a Japanese convoy of transports and destroyers bound for Lae.
On March 26, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Denault on a night bombing mission against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor. Over the target, nothing was sighted and harbor installations were bombed instead.
On October 17, 1943 this B-17 flew its last combat mission in New Guinea and was retired from combat.
Afterwards, transferred to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing (TCW). During November 1943, converted to a staff transport at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. During the modification, the bomber was stripped to bare metal finish and the gun turrets and armament was removed.
During 1944-1945, used as staff transport aircraft for 5th Air Force headquarters in New Guinea, operating from Nadzab Airfield and Hollandia Airfield. During 1945, operated from the Philippines where it was scrapped.
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