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  B-17F-115-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 42-30681  
USAAF
11th AF

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

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 27, 1943, crashed after a bombing mission against the Japanese in the Aleutians. All but one of the crew survived the bail out. This B-17 crashed into the Alaskan tundra, and the tail section fell into a small lake.

Wreckage
Until 1986, this B-17 remained in situ. In 1996, located by Gary Larkins who salvaged the tail and fuselage. In June 2001 he returned and recovered additional parts.

Storage & Restoration
In 1996, the recovered wreckage was initially stored in Fairbanks. Later, Tillamook Air Museum acquired the fuselage. Artic Warbirds at Fairbanks-Bradley Field, acquired wings and other components.

References
UltimateSacrifice.com 2001 Alaska Expedition recovery of B-17F 42-30681 (via Wayback Machine June 14, 2013)

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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