|Missing In Action (MIA)||Prisoners Of War (POW)||Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)|
|Chronology||Locations||Aircraft||Ships||Submit Info||How You Can Help||Donate|
This B-17 was ferried overseas piloted by 1st Lt. Philip L. Mathewson from the United States departing MacDill Field via the "Africa route". On January 26, 1942 arrived at Surabaya on Java as a replacement aircraft.
On February 8, 1942 one of nine B-17s that took off Singosari Airfield on Java piloted by Lt. Preston with co-pilot Knudson in the first element. The formation was led by B-17E 41-2456 piloted by Captain "Duke" Dufrane. Over the target, intercepted by a dozen A6M2 Zeros making head-on attacks, with one Zero pulling up 25' over the left wingtip. Lost were B-17E 41-2492 and B-17E 41-2456. Later, this B-17 was hit in the bomb bay fuel tank and jettisoned it while on fire and aborted the mission landed at Djogjakarta Airfield on Java.
On February 20, 1942 during the afternoon parked at Singosari Airfield on Java. Around 3:45pm, nine fighters were spotted over the area below a layer of clouds, but were assumed to be friendly fighters and no air raid alarm was sounded. In fact, they were nine A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai that began strafing runs over the parked B-17 Flying Fortresses.
During their attack, this B-17 was destroyed. Nine personnel were wounded on the ground, two seriously. The five parked B-17s were set on fire and destroyed including three destroyed: B-17E 41-2455 (this aircraft), B-17E 41-2484, B-17E 41-2488 plus two others burned and damaged beyond repair: B-17E 41-2478 and B-17E 41-2498.
Afterwards, salvaged for parts and abandoned when the Americans abandoned the airfield.
|Discussion Forum||Daily Updates||Reviews||Museums||Interviews & Oral Histories|