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Steve Birdsall adds:
During January 1943 transferred to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Super Snooper".
On January 9, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt. Arthur T. Curren on a reconnaissance mission against Lae. During the flight, this bomber entered a thunderstorm forcing the radio operator to quickly close the radio hatch causing the 50 caliber machine gun to accidentally discharge killing the tail gunner SSgt Jerry M. Walker and wounding two others.
On February 20, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome piloted by Captain Stanley G. Salisbury on a photo reconnaissance mission over New Britain. Returning, this B-17 overshot the runway and became suck in mud and took hours to extract. Afterwards, transfered to the the 5th Bomber Command replacement pool for repairs and assigned to the 403rd Bombardment Squadron
On March 5, 1943 during take off from 7 Mile Drome piloted by Major Arthur T. Curren the tail wheel was damaged forcing the B-17 to circle and crash land. Afterwards, this B-17 was to be salvaged but was instead repaired and transfered back to the 65th Bombardment Squadron and continued to fly combat missions until late April 1943.
During early November 1943, converted to an armed transport at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field. On December 8, 1943 assigned to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing, 375th Troop Carrier Wing, 58th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nicknamed nicknamed "G.I. Jr."
On March 1, 1944, one of four B-17 armed transports that took off from Finschafen Airfield including B-17E 41-2662, B-17F 41-24548 and another B-17 made supply runs dropping weapons, ammunition, barbed wire and blood plasma to the U. S. Army 1st Calvary Division that landed on Los Negros Island at Momote Airfield, and strafed enemy positions in the area.
Returned to the United States and written off during May 1946 (other sources state July 23, 1946). Ultimate fate unknown, presumed to have been scrapped sometime afterwards.
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