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Nicknamed "The Mustang" The artwork was painted by Sgt Ernie Vandal. On the right side, the Mustang was over painted with a cowgirl. A secondary piece of artwork was added behind the right waist window with a female figure with "Lady Luck".
Steve Birdsall adds:
On March 26, 1943 attempted to take off at 1:30am from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Murphy on a night bombing mission against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor, but did not take off due to engine trouble.
On August 17, 1943 this B-17 piloted by Lt. Glyer took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a mission to bomb Boram Airfield near Wewak individually at night at 6,500' altitude with 6/10 cloud cover with cumulus. Over the target, the formation met intense anti-aircraft fire and searchlights. At the end of its bomb run, this B-17 was held in searchlights and Intercepted by a Japanese twin engine nightfighter (Ki-45 Nick of 13th Sentai, 3 Chutai), but the attacker missed.
On September 5, 1943, this B-17, took off from 7-Mile Drome with General Richard Sutherland aboard to observe the US Army's 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment paratrooper drop on Nadzab. The flight was dubbed dubbed by General Kenney the "Brass Hat's Flight". Also in the flight was B-17F "Talisman" 41-24537 carrying General MacArthur, plus B-17F "Cap'n & The Kids" 41-24353 with General Kenney aboard.
During the Allied paratrooper drop on Nadzab, on September 5, 1943, this bomber was one of the B-17s used to fly U.S. Army Generals over the area to observe the landing, the 'Brass Hat's flight". Aboard this B-17 flew General Richard Sutherland.
Returned to the United States on December 2, 1943 and served as a training aircraft at Walker Field, Kansas.
In June 1945, it was sent to Albuquerque, New Mexico for salvage and was scrapped.
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