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  B-17E "San Antonio Rose II" Serial Number 41-2447  
USAAF
5th AF
19th BG
40th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 40th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "San Antonio Rose II".

On February 19, 1942 took off from Darwin piloted by Lt. Clarance L. McPherson leading a flight of 33rd Pursuit Squadron P-40E Warhawks, but due to bad weather, this B-17 proceeded alone to to Koepang Airfield.

On March 16, 1942 one of four B-17s from Australia that took off from Del Monte Airfield piloted by Captain Henry Godman with co-pilot Lt. Richard C. Carlisle on a flight bound for Batchelor Field near Darwin in Australia. Aboard was General Douglas MacArthur and his family.

Royce Mission
Took off from Batchelor Field near Darwin piloted by Frank Bostrom arriving at Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao to stage for the Royce Mission. On April 12-13, 1942 took off from Del Monte Airfield bombing missions against Japanese targets in the Philippines.

After the April 13, 1942 mission, this B-17 was parked in the open at Del Monte Airfield. Spotted by a F1M2 Pete and bombed, this bomber was hit by a 60 kg bomb and destroyed on the ground.

References
One source notes this B-17 as "Destroyed on ground Del Monte, PI late March 1942"
Fortress Against The Sun page 156-157, 164-165, 385
Darwin's Air War (Revised Edition) page 31
Doomed At The Start page ?

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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