Built by Boeing at Seattle at a cost of $280,525.00 under funds F-1, order number W-535 AO-15677. Delivered to the U. S. Army on November 4, 1941. Flown to Salt Lake City, UT and flew a total of 96 hours by the end of November 1941.
On December 30, 1941 flown to Panama and assigned to the 6th Air Froce. No known nose art or nickname. This B-17 operated from and operated from France Field, Rio Hata Airfield and Howard Field.
On April 15, 1942 flown to Guatemala Airfield and assigned to the 6th Bombardment Group. On Aprill 22, 1942 flown to Sacramento Air Depot and returned to Guatemala on June 30, 1942. On July 22, 1942 flown to Sacramento Air Depot and returned to Guatemala on August 18, 1942. On November 20, 1942 flown to Palm Beach, FL then returned to Guatemala on December 5, 1942.
On January 21, 1943 took off from Guatemala City Airfield (La Aurora) before dawn and crashed on take off. The entire crew was unhurt in the crash. Afterwards, this B-17 was written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Note, another source incorrectly states this B-17 was evacuated from Java on February 28, 1942 to Ceylon and India March 1942 with 7th BG, lost April 1942 off Adaman Islands, this is incorrect.
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2411
Alae Supra Canalem page 152
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information
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October 23, 2019