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  B-17F-1-BO "Dinah Might" Serial Number 41-24355  
USAAF
5th AF
43rd BG
64th BS

Former Assignments
63rd BS

19th BG
30th BS
435th BS

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April 17, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army on June 11, 1942. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia by pilot Kenneth D. McCullar.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

On October 22, 1942 took off from APO 2340 at 23:40 piloted by 1st Lt. Charles N. McArthur, co-pilot SSgt Walter E. Baker (RAAF), navigator 2nd Lt. Frank P. Whiteley and bombardier 2nd Lt. James P. Stringfield. Armed with eight 500lbs bombs on a night bombing mission against enemy shipping off Rabaul. En route flying at 10,000' encountered heavy and widespread thunderstorms. Over the target, the weather was clear and this B-17 made three bombing runs, claiming a possible hit and two near misses on shipping while accurate and heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered from along the shore line. Departing at 15,000' the B-17 encountered heavy rains and thick lines of thunderstorms before landing back at base on October 23, 1942 at 7:00am.

Afterwards, assigned to the 435th Bombardment Squadron then transfered to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Finally assigned to the 64th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Dinah Might".

On April 17, 1943 this B-17 took off on a training flight from 7-Mile Drome piloted by Captain Charles Giddings. Near Hood Point, it collided with B-17F 41-24425 thirty miles southeast of Port Moresby. This bomber sustained damage to its tail and returned to 7-Mile Drome safely. The other bomber crashed into the sea, killing the entire crew.

Afterwards, this B-17 was repaired and returned to service. On September 16, 1943 accidentally taxied into a ditch, damaging the bomber. Afterwards, written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
30th Bombardment Squadron (H), 19th Bombardment Group (H) Narrative Report of Combat Mission. 25 October 1942.
Pride of Seattle page 6
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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January 9, 2018

 

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