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  B-17F-20-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-24528  
USAAF
13th AF
11th BG
431st BS

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USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 431st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

During late 1942, this B-17 flew a bombing mission against Buka Airfield, Bougainville and shipping at Shortland Harbor.

On October 13, 1942 took off Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Captain Payne armed with two 1,000 pound bombs on a bombing mission against Buka Airfield on Buka Island. The formation of six bombers from the 431st BS and 26th BS was flying in three plane elements led by B-17E 41-2611 piloted by Major Sewart with B-17E 41-9217 piloted by Major Edmundson leading the second element. The weather was poor with a storm as they started the bomb run. Over the target, the first element bombed parked planes with the second element bombing the runway and observed fighters taking off and soon afterwards began attacks as the formation. Low on fuel, this B-17 released all bombs on the target and returned to base alone while the rest of the formation made a run on a secondary target, shipping off Buin on southern Bougainville. This B-17 landed at Henderson Field just before a Japanese air raid and was dispersed when a second air raid commenced but none were damaged.

During the night of October 13-14, 1942, while parked at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, this B-17 was riddled by shell fragments during the Japanese Naval bombardment of the airfield. Afterwards it was written off.

References
Fortress Against The Sun pages 274-275 (October 13, 1942), 392

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December 4, 2018

 

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