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  B-17E "El Toro" Serial Number 41-2461  
19th BG
30th BS

Former Assignments
7th BG
11th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors number 2272. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 11th Bombardment Squadron. Next, to the 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "El Toro".

Ferried from the United States via the African route by piloted by Major Conrad F. Necrason arriving during January 1942 in Java.

On January 16, 1942 took off from Kendari II Airfield piloted by Necrason along with B-17E 41-2459 on a bombing mission against Japanese transports off Menado, and made two bomb runs due to hung up bombs. Leaving the target area, the two B-17s were attacked by 14 enemy fighters but landed safely at Kendari II Airfield.

On January 31, 1942 took off piloted by Jack W. Bleasdale (who switched ships) on a bombing mission over Balikpapan. Over the target, shot up by four A6M2 Zeros wounding two of the crew: Shipley and Sgt John A. Potters, with Potters dying next day. Postwar, he was buried at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines in Iowa, IA at Block 6, Lot 68, Grave 4.

On February 23, 1942 one of three B-17s that took off from Madioen Airfield at 5:30am piloted by Lewis, along with B-17E "Tojo's Jinx" 41-2462 and a third that aborted the mission. The two remaining B-17s bombed Denpasar Airfield from 27,000' through thick clouds.

On March 1, 1942 piloted by Barr flew a night mission over Japanese transports, bombing from 10,000' and experiencing anti-aircraft fire.

When the Allies left Java, this B-17 was flown to Australia and was still flying combat till the middle of 1942.

Note, On Wings We Conquer, Fortress Against The Sun and Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number lists incorrectly state this B-17 was destroyed on April 25, 1942, in fact, this was B-17E 41-2641
Fortress Against The Sun pages 102, 106, 149, 144, 178, 385, 410, 414
FindAGrave - Sgt John Andrew Potters
Thanks to Edward Rogers, William Bartsch and Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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