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  B-17E "Lulu / Pretty Baby" Serial Number 41-2665  
USAAF
5th AF
6 SR

Former Assignments
19th BG
93rd BS

43rd BG
64th BS
63rd BS

54th TCW
40th TCS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 93rd Bombardment Squadron.

On August 7, 1942 this B-17 was piloted by Captain Bridges and took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Rabaul.

During November 1942 assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to Lt. Stanley G. Salisbury. Nicknamed "Salisbury's Silly Saps". Later, renamed "Lulu".

On August 10, 1943 assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Miller.

On January 5, 1943 one of six B-17s that took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Captain Salisbury armed with 500 pound bombs bombing mission against Rabaul. The formation also included six B-24 Liberators from the 90th Bombardment Group. Aboard was photographers Lt. Ellis W. Carter, O-192659 of the 5th Combat Camera Unit (5th CCU) was recording 16mm film footage and George Lent was taking photographs.

Over the target around noon at roughly 8,500' the bombers approached from the southeast between Kokopo and Rapopo and bombed enemy shipping. B-24s claimed hits on two ships and B-17s claimed hits on nine including a destroyer. In fact, only the Keifuku Maru sustained two near misses that caused her to sink and an MLC was sunk. Bomb fragments did cause fires aboard other ships and inflicted 20 casualties. Lost was B-17F "San Antonio Rose" 41-24458 (MIA, two POW).

During November 1943, this B-17 was one of twelve transfered to 5th Bomber Command and later to 54th Troop Carrier Wing (TCW), 40th Troop Carrier Squadron. Renamed "Pretty Baby" with nose number 49. Operated as an armed transport.

During 1945, transfered to the 6th Search & Rescue (6th SR) based at Clark Field. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
YouTube "Mission To Rabaul New Britain January 5, 1943"
NARA 5th AAF CCU "Mission To Rabaul New Britain" January 5, 1943

Fortress Against The Sun page 368, 388, 428-429
Ken's Men Against The Empire Volume 1 pages 326, 327, 341 (photo), 343, 397 (index)
Thanks to Eugene Monihan for additional information on January 5, 1943 mission

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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