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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2466  
USAAF
5th AF
7th BG

Former Assignments
19th BG
93rd BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2466. On December 25, 1941 delivered to Geiger Field in Washington.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 93rd Bombardment Squadron. Ferried overseas via the "African Route" arriving January 21, 1942 in Java. Transfered to the 7th Bombardment Group.

On January 27, 1942 took off from Singosari Airfield at 7:50am piloted by Lt. Preston as one of six B-17s (three from the 19th BG and three from the 7th BG) Inbound to the target, this B-17 aborted the mission due to bad weather and returned to base.

On February 13, 1942 took off piloted by Beck at night one of eleven B-17s (three from the 19th BG and eight from the 19th BG) on a bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Makassar. This was the largest formation by Java based B-17s to date. Inbound to the target, this B-17 aborted the mission due to engine trouble.

On February 19, 1942 while parked at Bandoeng Airfield in Java destroyed during a Japanese air raid.

References
Other sources incorrectly state this B-17 was destroyed at Malang Airfield on February 3, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2466
"2466 delivered Geiger Dec 25, 1941. To 19th BG, 93rd BS Java Jan 21, 1942, then 7th BG. Destroyed on ground at Malang, Java Feb 3, 1942."
Fortress Against The Sun pages 116, 127, 133, 139, 385 (Appendix B: B-17E 41-2466, 19 BG, Destroyed by strafing at Bandoeng 19 Feb 42), 409 (chapter 9, footnote 15), 412 (footnote 8)

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January 31, 2018

 

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