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Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2230. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2419.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG), 22nd Bombardment Squadron (22nd BS). No known nose art or nickname. Ferried overseas by pilot 1st Lt. Jack W. Hughes via Hickam Field then across the Pacific including Tontouta Airfield on New Caledonia before arriving at Garbutt Field near Townsville in Australia. Soon afterwards, flown to Darwin.
On January 14, 1942 took off from Darwin Airfield by Major Hobson and 1st Lt. Jack W. Hughes landed at Singosari Airfield on Java.
On January 19, 1942 at 9:20am took off from Singosari Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Jack W. Hughes as one of nine B-17s (five from the 19th BG and four from the 7th BG) on a mission to bomb Jolo then land at Del Monte Airfield to rescue stranded USAAF personnel then fly back to Java. After take off, the weather was poor with deteriorating conditions with zero visiblility from 20,000' to sea level. Regardless, the B-17s continued the bombing and rescue mission. Inbound, three of the B-17s including this bomber aborted due to severe weather and this bomber due to engine trouble and returned to land at Singosari Airfield.
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