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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2438  
5th AF
19th BG
40th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Accepted by US Army December 1, 1941 flown by Jack W. Hughes.

Wartime History
Flew missions from Hawaii, then sent overseas to Australia, flying combat missions based at Mareeba Airfield.

On June 23, 1942 flown by Frederick Eaton on photo reconnaissance mission over Rabaul and was intercepted by nine fighters and the lower turret stopped functioning. It returned with damage to the wings.

This B-17 was later flown back to the United States during November 1942. Dispatched from Pyote Airfield, this B-17 appears in the Hollywood movie Bombardier filmed during 1943. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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