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  B-17E "Old Faithful" Serial Number 41-2657  
USAAF
5th AF
54th TCW

Former Assignments
19th BG
30th BS

43rd BG


USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia on April 17, 1942

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron. Later, to the 30th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Old Faithful".

On August 7, 1942 one of thirteen B-17s that took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Fred F. Wesche on a mission to bomb Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul, but aborted the mission due to engine failure.

On November 22 or 23, 1942 this B-17 was one of six or seven that participated in a bombing mission against ships off Lae.

Steve Birdsall adds:
"I think this mission happened on November 22, in the afternoon or evening, but I am surprised there's so many differing reports. November 23... Combined Headquarters at Townsville has an entry for November 23 noting that six B-17s "attack ships Lae". . . identifies 65th Squadron, and #536 [this B-17 was] "shot down" and #552 "turned back". Other numbers mentioned are 537, 657, 420, 015 and 638. So, maybe seven planes took off to attack Japanese shipping near Lae. B-17F "Listen Here, Tojo!" 41-24552 turned back, B-17E 41-2638, 41-2657 [this aircraft], 41-9015, B-17F "Talisman" 41-24537 and B-17F 41-24420 attacked, and B-17E 41-2536 was shot down. Also, it is possible this mission was on November 21 or 22.

Afterwards, assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group.

During early November 1943, converted to an armed transport at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field. Afterwards, assigned to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing.

On June 21, 1945, this B-17 was scrapped in Manila.

References
Fortress Against The Sun pages 168, 227, 368, 388, 391, 428
Possibly, during 54th Troop Carrier Wing, this B-17 was nicknamed "Caroline"

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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