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|Pilot Captain Harry J. Hawthorne, O-385412 (survived) Hempstead County, AR
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Paul J. Scarboro, O-416355 (survived) Franklin County, GA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Warren E. Bryant, O-659869 (survived) Middlesex County, MA
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Robert J. Haase, O-434591 (survived) Wausau County, WI
Engineer S/Sgt Milton P. Kelm, 6569806 (survived)
Radio Pfc Arnold G. Osborne, 37009844 (survived)
Gunner Cpl Walter T. Buchanan, 33075730 (survived) Bradford, PA
Gunner Michael R. Andrade, 12029739 (survived) Erie County, NY
Gunner Cpl Paul K. Harmon, 13023426 (survived) Washington, DC
Gunner SSgt Selm (rescued)
Ditched August 9, 1942
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2263. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2452. Ferried overseas to Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group. No known nickname or nose art. This B-17 participated in the Java campaign.
On February 16, 1942 took off from Madioen Airfield piloted by Lindsey on a bombing mission against a Japanese convoy landing troops on the southern coast of Bali. Inbound to the target, B-17 aborted the mission due to engine failure. In the face of light anti-aircraft fire, the B-17s bombed from 21,000' but missed.
On February 19, 1942 took off piloted by Lt. Lindsay with co-pilot Lt. Knudson at roughly 6:00am on a bombing mission against Japanese forces landed on Bali. One of three B-17s led by B-17E "Yankee Diddl'er" 41-2458 piloted by Captain Schwanbeck. Over the target, intercepted by enemy fighters that made firing passes for a half hour including head on attacks.
On February 23, 1942 took off piloted by Lt. Habberstad leading the formation of five other B-17s on a bombing mission against enemy ships off Makassar. The formation encountered intense anti-aircraft fire and bombed from 20,000'. Habberstad claimed one large transport sunk and another burning.
On February 26, 1942 took off from Madioen Airfield piloted by Captain Hardison with B-17E "Monkey Bizz-Ness" 41-2417 piloted by 2nd Lt. Bernice S. Barr on a bombing mission against a Japanese convoy off the southern end of Makassar Strait. In the face of light anti-aircraft fire, the B-17s bombed from 21,000' but missed. Hours later, one of two B-17s that took off again from Madioen Airfield and encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire before bombing an unidentified convoy from 26,500', each dropping 300 lbs bombs that all missed. In fact, the ships were Allied.
At the end of the Java campaign, one of sixteen B-17s evacuated to Darwin. On March 12, 1942 this B-17 piloted by Lt. Casper was scheduled to fly a resupply mission to Del Monte Airfield but developed engine trouble and did not take off.
Afterwards, assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron.
On August 7, 1942 one of thirteen B-17s took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. Claude N. Burcky on a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Over the target, this B-17 claimed two enemy fighters shot down.
Over Rabaul, the three remaining B-17s were intercepted 15-20 A6M3 Zeros from the 2nd Kokutai. During the air combat, the bombers claimed a total of five Zeros shot down by their gunners. Lost was B-17E 41-2643 (MIA).
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