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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2648  
USAAF
13th AF
5th BG
394th BS

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The Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2648. On March 5, 1942 delivered to Lowry Field (Lowry Air Force Base). Ferried from the United States to Hickam Field. On May 23, 1942 assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 394th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
B-17 was flown from Hickam Field with an extra bomb bay fuel tank to Midway Airfield on Eastern Island to search for Japanese Naval forces and participated in the Battle of Midway. Afterwards, returned to Hickam Field.

Afterwards, transferred to Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, England. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
The Battle of Midway (1942) by John Ford includes footage of B-17E 41-2632 taking off from Midway Airfield
USAF Serial Number Search Results B-17E 41-2648

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January 31, 2018

 

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