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Built by Boeing at Seattle. On November 14, 1941 delivered to U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2416. That same day flown by Lt. Frank Bostrom from Boeing Filed to Hamilton Field. Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG), 9th Reconnaissance Squadron (9th RS). Nicknamed "San Antonio Rose" with a Mexican girl painted on the pilot's side of cockpit.
On December 6, 1941 took off piloted by 1st Lt. Frank P. Bostrom as part of an unarmed ferry flight that departed Hamilton Field bound for Hickam Field. On December 7, 1941 in the the morning incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s. The formation of B-17s arrived during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. This bomber was accidentally fired on by a U. S. Navy (USN) destroyer and attacked by A6M2 Zeros. This B-17 sustained some damage but none of the crew were injured. Afterwards, this B-17 landed at Kuhuku Golf Course but sank into the ground.
Afterwards, the landing gear was dug out and readied for take off from the golf course. On December 9, 1941 took off from Kuhuku Golf Course and landed at Hickam Field. Sometime afterwards, painted in Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) three color camouflage scheme consisting of dark green, olive drab and tan upper surfaces with standard gray lower surfaces. For the remainder of December 1941, flew reconnaissance missions from Hickam Field over the Pacific Ocean area off Hawaii.
On February 10, 1942 departed Hickam Field on a ferry flight bound for Australia. During the flight, a directive was issued that all B-17 type aircraft were to be referred to as Hudson Mark 6 aircraft in all communications that involved wireless transmission.
On February 22, 1942 in the evening at Garbutt Field at Townsville sustained damage to the right wing and no. 4 engine when the left wing of B-17E 41-2434 hit this bomber while taxing. As a result, both bombers were unable to participate in the first American bombing mission against Rabaul. Heavily damaged, this B-17 was stripped for usable parts. Immediately, the left wing tip was used to repair B-17E 41-2434.
By April 1942, it was stripped of all usable parts. Officially written off at Brisbane January 31, 1944.
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 19, 153
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