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USN December 7, 1941
|Pilot Captain Raymond T. Swenson (survived)
Co-Pilot Ernest L. "Roy" Reid, 11010419 (survived) Hartford County, CT
Bombardier Aviation Cadet G. C. Beale, 18036583 38th RS (WIA, survived) Potter County, TX
Navigator 2nd Lt. H. R. Taylor (WIA, survived)
Engineer MSgt L. B. Pouncy (survived)
Asst Engineer Sgt Earl T. Williams (survived)
Radio Cpl M. C. Lucas (survived)
Gunner Pvt. Bert Lee (survived)
Passenger 1st Lt. William R. Schick, O-412256 38th RS (WIA, KIA) Chicago, IL
Destroyed December 7, 1941
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2075. Delivered to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17C Flying Fortress serial number 40-2074. Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG), 14th Bombardment Squadron (14th BS). No known nose art or nickname.
On December 6, 1941 at 9:15pm took off from Hamilton Field piloted by Captain Raymond T. Swenson with crew no. 3 on a ferry flight bound for Hickam Field on Oahu. This B-17 took off second as one of thirteen B-17s in the formation. Also aboard was 1st Lt. William R. Schick, flight surgeon with the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron (38th RS), 11th Bombardment Group (11th BG). Each bomber was carrying machine guns but no ammunition. The formation of thirteen B-17s was led by B-17E 41-2429 pilot Major Richard H. Carmichael. The flight westward was uneventful.
On December 7, 1941 in the morning the first wave of Japanese carrier aircraft were detected on radar but dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s from the west coast. At roughly 8:00am, the B-17s arrived over Oahu in during the first wave surprise attack and witnessed anti-aircraft fire bursting and air combat as they began their landing approach. While on finals to land at Hickam Field attacked from the rear by A6M2 Zero 5289 pilot PO1c Takeshi Hirano but he overshot the bomber and was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crash. Next, attacked from the rear by A6M2 Zero pilot Iwama who hit the B-17 with gunfire that caused a flare box to catch fire and the fuselage filled with smoke and passenger Schick was hit in the leg.
Damaged, this B-17 aborted the landing and attempted to hide in the clouds but due to the smoke in the fuselage landed at Hickam Field. After touching down and rolling roughly 400', the fuselage, weakened by the flare fire inside buckled and broke off, separating from the front half of the bomber that skidded forward until it came to rest.
On the ground, the crew ran from the smoking wreckage while being strafed by Zeros. Taylor was hit by a small piece of shrapnel in the neck. Beale was shot in the leg. Schick who had been wounded in the leg in the air, was hit in the head by a bullet. Evacuated by ambulance, he died in the afternoon from his injuries.
Ernest Reid recalled in Shot Down at Pearl Harbor:
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