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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2668  
USAAF
13th AF

Former Assignments
5th AF
19th BG
93rd BS

5th BG
394th BS


USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried to Panama.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Bomb Group, 394th Bomb Squadron. Flown overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific via Fiji before arriving in Australia. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 93rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

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
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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