Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving in Australia on April 14, 1942.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group. No known nickname or nose art. This B-17 flew one combat mission before being destroyed.
On April 24, 1942, this B-17 with three others were flown flown to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. Around 3:00am this B-17 piloted by Major Montgomery started the engines and taxied onto the runway, with three other B-17s following. This bomber became stuck in a hastily filled bomb crater that was wet from rain and sank to the main landing gear axle and was unable to participate in the day's mission.
Around 8:00am fifteen A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai arrived over Port Moresby and four strafed 7-Mile Drome. Their attack set a B-26 Marauder on fire and seriously damaging another B-26 Marauder. Roughly ten minutes after the attack, this B-17 unexpectedly burst into flames and burned.
The Fortress on Mt. Obree by Bruce Hoy mentions this loss
Fortress Against The Sun page 177, 236, 388 incorrectly lists this B-17 as lost July 31, 1942
Note, John Mitchell, Salecker and Joe Baugher's USAF Aircraft Serial Number incorrectly lists B-17E "El Toro" 41-2461 as destroyed on April 25, 1942, in fact, this this B-17.
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information
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January 31, 2018