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  B-17E  Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2437  
USAAF
13th AF
11th BG
98th BS

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The Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942

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USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. This B-17 had no known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
This B-17 was flown to Hickam Field on Oahu. 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.

On June 4, 1942 one of six B-17s that took off from Hickam Field at 8:15am with an extra bomb bay fuel tank on a flight to Midway Airfield on Eastern Island and participated in the Battle of Midway.

Afterwards, flown to Australia and assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron.

On July 16, 1942 piloted by Lt. Hughey with co-pilot 1st Lt. Gilbert E. Erb from Longreach Airfield to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. On July 17 flew from 7-Mile Drome on a bombing mission against Rabaul and returned to 7-Mile Drome. Later that same day, returned to Longreach Airfield.

Officially written off June 15, 1944 and scrapped sometime afterwards.

References
The Battle of Midway (1942) by John Ford includes footage of B-17E 41-2437 taking off from Midway Airfield
Gilbert E. Erb Flight Log - July 1942
Fortress Against The Sun page 384

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January 31, 2018

 

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