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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2471  
USAAF
7th BG
9th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors number 2284. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2471.

Wartime History
Departed the the United States during the middle of January 1942 piloted by Donald R. Strother via the "African Route" before arriving in Java. Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

On February 8, 1942, one of nine B-17s that took off from Singosari Airfield at 7:35am piloted by Don Strother armed with seven 100 pound bombs and a bomb bay fuel tank on a bombing mission against Japanese occupied Kendari II Airfield on the southeastern corner of Celebes (Sulawesi). A dozen Japanese fighters trailed the formation from behind and made head on attacks, shooting down B-17E 41-2492 and B-17E 41-2456 piloted by Captain "Duke" Dufrane and damaging B-17E 41-2482. Forced to jettison their bomb bay fuel tanks, the remaining B-17s aborted the mission landed at Djogjakarta Airfield on Java. On the ground strafed by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. Before withdrawing, American ground crews removed the nose section and two engines.

Wreckage
On March 8, 1942 captured by the Japanese when they occupied Djogjakarta Airfield. This bomber was repaired by the Japanese using parts from other abandoned aircraft. After being repaired to flying condition, this B-17 was test flown at Bandoeng West Airfield (Andir).

Repainted with Japanese Hinomaru (rising sun) markings and a white fuselage stripe. Afterwards, flown to Japan and displayed as a war prize. Afterwards, assigned to Tachikawa Airfield for Army flight experiments and testing. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Fortress Against the Sun pages 101 (photo), 118, 122, 150, 152,409- 410, 411, 386
Nihongun Hokakuki Hiroku
Thanks to William Bartsch for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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