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The earliest known mission by this B-17 was a night mission on June 24, 1942 piloted by Lt Jack P. Thompson over Rabaul. This B-17 flew additional missions until the end of 1942.
On October 23, 1942 took off from Mareeba Airfield at 04:30 piloted by Captain Simpson with co-pilot 2nd Lt. Corrie, navigator Bloomhuff, bombardier 2nd Lt. Caperton armed with four 500 lbs demolition bombs, 1/10 second delay fuses and 2,100 gallons of fuel arrived at 7 Mile Drome at 7:45. Departed 09:35 on an on an armed reconassiance mission over the Solomon Islands without results and retunred at 18:45.
On October 24, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome at 08:35 on the same mission. Bad weather interfeared and forced this bomber to return at 12:45. The No. 4 engine was consumed 14 gallons of oil during the four hour flight and was deemed safe for the return flight, but an engine change would be required an engine change. On October 25, 1942 departed 7 Mile Drome at 06:30 and arrived back at Mareeba Airfield at 11:45.
Next, transferred to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron based at 7 Mile Drome (Jackson). No known nose art or nickname.
Afterwards, flown back to the United States as of March 1944. The aircraft was later stripped of all paint and armament and probably served as a transport, possibly assigned to the Oklahoma City Air Depot.
Steve Birdsall adds:
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