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  B-17E "Zero Six Zero" Serial Number 41-9060  
13th AF
11th BG
26th BS

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USMC c1943

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 26th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Zero Six Zero".

Wartime History
On March 23, 1943 this B-17 was parked at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal loaded with bombs and fuel ready for a night mission against Kahilli Airfield. A Japanese night nuisance attacker dropped a bomb that destroyed B-17E "Buzz King" 41-9124 and another bomb destroying this bomber.

During the night, three G4M1 Bettys from the 705 Kokutai on a night bombing mission on against Henderson Field on Guadalcanal armed with 60kg and 250kg bombs. Over the target, the Bettys bombed the northwest dispersal area. A bomb exploded nearby, detonating the bombs aboard and causing an explosion that caused a crater 40' wide and 30' deep. Also destroyed was B-17E "Buzz King" 41-9124, B-24D "Flying Gator" 41-23898 plus two other B-24D Liberators and a Hudson from 3 Squadron, RNZAF.

Captain Jim Carroll wrote:
"Washing Machine Charlie was not to be denied. His bomb struck 41-9124 amidship and triggered her bomb load, which ignited her fuel load. She disappeared in a magnificent swoosh! A little later, 41-9060 [this aircraft] was hit by the nuisance bomber. The B-17 [41-9060] was blown to hell by Charlie, who dropped one along the plane which was loaded with eight 500 pounders... [the explosion left] a hole 40' wide and 30' deep - that was all. Two B-17s had disappeared in the blink of an eye."

Fortress Against the Sun page 326-327, 424 footnote 13
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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