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  B-17F-20-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-24522  
5th AF
43rd BG
403rd BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On November 16, 1942 parked at Iron Range Airfield. Shortly after midnight, B-24D "Bombs To Nip On" 41-23942 collided with this bomber destroying it. Also damaged were B-24D 41-23765, B-24D 41-23812 and B-24D "Big Emma" 41-23751 (all later repaired), plus eleven personnel killed.

Steve Birdsall adds:
"There's a bit of confusion about the date - the 90th [BG] was taking off shortly before midnight on November 16, according to my sources. The accident cost "three B-24s and one B-17, one gas dump and 12 men" according to one eyewitness, but there are quite a few variations on this."

Oz@War - 16 November 1942 crash of a B-24 Liberator at iron Range 4 aircraft destroyed 11 men killed (does not list this B-17)
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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