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  B-17E "Loose Goose" Serial Number 41-2609  
USAAF
5th AF
43rd BG
63rd BS



USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Loose Goose". During 1943 this B-17 operated from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On May 17, 1943 took off piloted by Crawford on a reconnaissance mission. This B-17s last mission was on September 20, 1943, piloted by Flight Officer Herbert V. Miller and one of the 63rd Bombardment Squadron's new B-24 crews assigned a month prior.

Afterwards, flown back across the Pacific via Hickam Field then to the United States. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information.

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Last Updated
April 13, 2018

 

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