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|Pilot Lt. Robert Kennedy
Force Landed May 4, 1944 at 12:00K
Later, assigned to the 63rd Bombardment Squadron and later the 64th Bombardment Squadron. This B-17 had tiger stripes painted on the tail and girl's names on the outer engine cowling including "Mary" on the number 4 engine.
During 43rd Bombardment Group service, the nose section of a B-17E added, with reinforced mount for a .50 caliber machine gun in the center of the nose.
The last mission this B-17 flew with the 43rd Bombardment Group was on October 10, 1943, piloted by Captain Jack L. Campbell on an early morning weather reconnaissance over Rabaul.
During early November 1943, converted to an armed transport at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field. Afterwards, assigned to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing, 375th Troop Carrier Group, 57th Troop Carrier Squadron as an armed transport and operated from Port Moresby and Nadzab Airfield.
In Troop Carrier service, the B-17 was completely repainted with a new coat of olive drab paint and nicknamed "Harry the Horse". Assigned field number "167" painted in yellow on both sides of the cockpit, behind the co-pilot's window. On the outer side of the No. 4 engine cowl was painted "Betty Jo" with a heart. Another name was painted on the No. 3 engine cowl.
On March 1, 1944, one of four B-17 armed transports that took off from Finschafen Airfield including B-17E 41-2662, B-17F 41-24420 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.
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