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Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2283. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2472. On December 24, 1941 took off from Boeing Field on a ferry flight to McChord Airfield.
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group. Departed the United States piloted by F. M. Key and was ferried via the African route to the Netherlands East Indies arriving on Java on January 15, 1942.
At the end of the Java campaign one of sixteen B-17 evacuated to Darwin. In Australia assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron. Next, assigned to the 435th Bombardment Squadron "Kangaroo Squadron" and nicknamed "Ole Miss II". Also assigned to the 30th Bombardment Squadron. While with the 19th Bombardment Group the lower Bendix turret was removed.
In November 1942, assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron and operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. On June 20, 1943 transfered to the 63rd Bombardment Squadron, then back to the 65th Bombardment Squadron the same day.
On September 20, 1943 transfered back to the 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Barnett with crew chief Farrell. Nickanmed "Guinea Pig".
During late 1943 this B-17 had a large scoreboard painted on the left side of the nose including 212 bombs indicating missions flown plus siloetes for 22 aircraft and 3 ships claimed. In total, this B-17 flew missions between January 22, 1942 until October 5, 1943 and reportedly logged 1,500 hours.
Steve Birdsall adds:
In October 1944, scrapped at Brisbane.
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