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  B-17B Flying Fortress Serial Number 38-264  
6th AF
9th BG

Former Assignments
34th BG
7th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Fredrick Price (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. August C. Seiferman (survived)
Navigator  2nd Lt. Robert H. Sedwick (survived)
Bombardier  S/Sgt. Charles L Lyons (survived)
Engineer  Cpl Frank P. Hohmann, 6982391 (survived)
Asst Engineer  Pvt. Ernest S. Fant (survived)
Radio  S/Sgt Veron Scott (survived)
Asst Radio  Cpl  Loy E. Rea (survived)
Gunner  Cpl Nordecai H. Shurmaster (survived)
Crashed  March 18, 1942 at 1:40pm
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2024. On December 12, 1939 delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) as as B-17B Flying Fortress serial number 38-264 and flown to March Field. On June 20, 1941 became part of the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF).

During 1941 flown to Panama. On June 3, 1941 assigned to the 34th Bombardment Group (34th BG), 7th Bombardment Squadron (7th BS) at Albrook Field. On October 2, 1941 based to Trinidad.

Next, assigned to the 9th Bombardment Group (9th BG) at Rio Hato Airfield in Panama. No known nickname or nose art. On December 24, 1941 operated from Trinadad flying long range patrol missions with B-17B Flying Fortress 38-220. Afterwards, flown to Guatemala City Airfield and continued to fly patrols.

Mission History
On March 18, 1942 at 1:40pm took off from Guatemala City Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Fredrick Price armed with depth charges on a patrol mission. During the take off the pilot failed to sync engines no. 2 and no. 4, causing the bomber to head across the grass towards the terminal before hitting a diagonal ditch that tore off the landing gear and caused the bomber to slid another 50’ until it stopped. None of the crew were injured in the crash. Afterwards, this B-17 was written off. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped.

Note, some sources incorrectly state this bomber crashed on take off on January 12, 1942 [sic March 18, 1942].
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17B Flying Fortress 38-264
Crash Report B-17B 38-264 March 18, 1942
Guatemala City T/O/C  B-17-B 38-264  March 18, 1942 Q&A March 19, 1942
Alae Supra Canalem (1997) pages 151, 152 lists B-17B 38-220 as wrecked at San Jose, Guatemala on March 18, 1942 [sic, this reference is in reference to this bomber].
My War Story by Frank Hohmann page 64-66
Thanks to Frank Hohmann for additional information

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March 16, 2021


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