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On October 15, 1942 this aircraft was parked at Mareeba Airfield and photographed during an awards ceremony for men from the 19th Bombardment Group attended by Major General George C. Kenney (C.O., 5th Air Force), Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker (Commanding General, 5th Bomber Command, wearing sunglasses) and Lt Colonel Richard H. Carmichael (C.O. 19th Bombardment Group, holding cane).
On August 6, 1942 took off from Horn Island Airfield piloted by Captain Harl Pease during the evening on a flight bound for 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby to stage for a bombing mission planned for August 7, 1942 against Rabaul. Roughly fifty miles into the flight, an engine valve failed forcing this B-17 to abort the flight and landed safely at Mareeba Airfield. Back on the ground, Pease and his crew boarded B-17E "Why" Don't We Do This More Often 41-2429 instead and took off from Mareeba Airfield and flew to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby to participate in the mission. Afterwards, this B-17 was repaired.
Afterwards, transfered to the 13th Air Force and operated in the Solomon Islands. Ultimate fate unknown, not lost to combat or accident. Likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.References
Fortress Against The Sun pages 236, 424, 431, 436
Kenneth N Walker - Photos by George Strock, LIFE Magazine October 15, 1942
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information
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