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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2396  
13th AF
5th BG
72nd BS

Pilot  Major James Edmundson, C. O. 431st Bombardment Squadron (survived)
Co-Pilot  Captain Jack Thornhill (survived)

Ditched  January 7, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2207. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas across the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 72nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 7, 1943 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by Major James Edmundson (C. O. 431st Bombardment Squadron) with co-pilot Captain Jack Thornhill on a flight bound for Espiritu Santo for repairs. During the flight, this B-17 was flying on three engines when two more engines failed, forcing it to ditch off San Cristobal Island (Makira). Officially, this B-17 was condemned on July 15, 1944.

This B-17 remains on a coral reef offshore San Cristobal Island (Makira). At least one of the propellers and engines remains in shallow water.

Fortress Against The Sun pages 273, 332, 383
Archaehistoria - Solomon Islands November 2014 Expedition (report, photo)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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