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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2419  
USAAF
5th AF
7th BG
22nd BS

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IJA c1942

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

On January 21, 1942 took off from Singosari Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Jack W. Hughes as one of nine B-17s flown to Palembang I Airfield (P1) on Sumatra to stage for a mission.

Mission History
On January 22, 1942 took off form Palembang I Airfield (P1) on Sumatra piloted by Jack W. Hughes and crashed on take off. Afterwards, written off and stripped for usable parts including the engines, left wing and tail section then abandoned at the airfield.

Wreckage
This B-17 was abandoned at Palembang I Airfield (P1). The remains of this B-17 were captured by the Japanese Army when they occupied Sumatra. During the occupation of the airfield, film footage and photographs were taken of this bomber. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Other sources state this B-17 was damaged January 21, 1942 landing at Palembang I Airfield (P1) versus damaged during take off on January 22, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2419
"2419 crash landed in field at Palembang, Sumatra Jan 23, 1942. Officially w/o Jan 9, 1945."
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 95 (January 14, 1942 flight Darwin to Singosari), 116 (January 19, 1942 mission abort), 119 (January 21, 1942 damaged landing), 400 (footnote 32), 409 (footnote 1)
They Fought With What They Had mentions this B-17
Thanks to Osamu Tagaya and William Bartsch for additional information

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Last Updated
February 12, 2020

 

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