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  B-17E  Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2437  
13th AF
11th BG
98th BS

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The Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942

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USAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. On December 2, 1941 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2437 and flown to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) and later flown Hickam Field on Oahu.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Sometime after December 7, 1941, 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.

Ferried across the Pacific arriving in Australia on April 22, 1942 with B-17E 41-2630, this aircraft and B-17E 41-2652. By late May 1942 flown back to Hickam Field.

On June 4, 1942 took off from Hickam Field at 8:15am with an extra bomb bay fuel tank as one of six B-17s on a flight to Midway Airfield on Eastern Island and participated in the Battle of Midway.

Afterwards, flown across the Pacific to Australia. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron.

On July 16, 1942 piloted by Lt. Hughey with co-pilot 1st Lt. Gilbert E. Erb from Longreach Airfield to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby. On July 17 flew from 7-Mile Drome on a bombing mission against Rabaul and returned to 7-Mile Drome. Later that same day, returned to Longreach Airfield.

On June 15, 1944 officially written off and scrapped sometime afterwards.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2427

"2437 delivered to Salt Lake SAD Dec 2, 1941; transferred to 11BG 98BS at Hickam Field, HI Oct 25,1942, WO Jun 15, 1944. Shown in a TV Documentary on Midway."
The Battle of Midway (1942) by John Ford includes footage of B-17E 41-2437 taking off from Midway Airfield
Gilbert E. Erb Flight Log - July 1942
Fortress Against The Sun pages 170 (April 22, 1942 arrival in Australia), 384, 418 (footnote 34)

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October 23, 2019


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