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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2445  
7th AF
11th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Hickam Field. Painted in the three-color camouflage scheme at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) at Hickam Field with dark green, olive drab and tan upper surfaces with gray lower surfaces.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 42nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "So Solly Plees". On July 18, 1942 departed Hawaii for the South Pacific.

On December 9, 1942 this B-17 was written off after an accident on the ground at Henderson Field when pilot Major Ernest Manierre was “parking it in the bunker" and knocked off the tail turret, damaging the bomber.

Afterwards, this B-17 was placed in the boneyard on Guadalcanal and stripped for parts, including both wings, the gun turrets and perspec windows. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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