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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2649  
5th AF
43rd BG
64th BS

Former Assignments
19th BG
28th BS

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5th AF c1942-1943

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New York Journal-American
March 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving in late May 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

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:
"Photographed at Patterson Field, Ohio. The photo was featured in the New York Journal-American on March 17, 1944 and the B-17 was identified as "My Oklahoma Gal", but so far there is no evidence of that or any other nickname being applied to this aircraft while she was in the 5th Air Force. The elaborate nose markings she carried at that time were probably painted on the aircraft not long before her return to the United States. They are remarkably similar to decorations applied to other ex-43rd Bomb Group B-17s "Loose Goose" 41-2609, and B-17F "The Mustang" 41-24554, which were photographed at 13th Air Depot on New Caledonia late in 1943."

On January 20, 1945, transferred to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On August 23, 1945 written off after a landing accident at Goose Bay, Labrador.

28th Bombardment Squadron Narrative Report of Mission flown October 23 and 24, 1942. October 28, 1942
New York Journal-American on March 17, 1944 [photo caption identifies as "My Oklahoma Gal"
IARC - B-17E 41-2649 ]
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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