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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2469  
7th BG
9th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Theodore B. Swanson (survived)
Force landed  February 3, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
This B-17 was ferried overseas by pilot 1st Lt. Theodore B. Swanson arriving January 21, 1942 to Java.

On January 25, 1942 took off from Malang Airfield on Java piloted by Lt. 1st Lt. Fred T. Crimmins, Jr. on a bombing mission against against Balikapapan. Due to bad weather, for formation consumed more fuel and returning from the mission, this bomber ran low on fuel and made a wheels down lading on Madera Island. Later, additional fuel arrived and Dutch and natives refueled the B-17 and building an improvised runway and clearing a take off path over three days. On January 28, 1942 this B-17 successfully took off and returned to Malang Airfield.

Mission History
On February 3, 1942 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Theodore B. Swanson on a bombing mission against Balikapapan. Over the target, this B-17 was damaged by A6M2 Zeros hitting the left wing and no. 1 engine causing a fire. Unable to extinguish the fire, Swanson ordered five of the crew to bail out. The other three force landed the damaged B-17 on the beach on Arends Island. All crew members survived, but the bomber was a total loss.

Fortress Against The Sun pages 118, 120, 124-125, 385, 409

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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