Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army on August 11, 1942. Ferried to Australia. Assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 63rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Tuffy" with the nose art of a cartoon cat. The tail was adorn with dark green tiger stripe markings.
During 1943, this B-17 flew extensive combat missions over New Guinea.
On March 26, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Derr on a night bombing mission against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor. Over the target, nothing was sighted and harbor installations were bombed instead.
On April 27, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome piloted by Lt James Murphy on a reconnaissance mission.
On October 16, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome on a weather reconnaissance to Rabaul. This was her last combat mission.
On November 3, 1943 this bomber departed for the United States. During August 1945, this B-17 was sent to Althus for salvage and was scrapped sometime afterwards.
Pride of Seattle page 15, 18
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information
Diary of the 63rd Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group
"26 March 1943 – Departed Jackson at 0130. Target: shipping Wewak Harbor. Bomb load; 4 ships with 8 X 500# inst demo, 3 with 4X 100# inst demo.
554 Murphy didn't take off on account of engine trouble. Nothing was sighted by the remaining crews.
358, Denault, 537 O'Brien, 574 Derr dropped their bombs on harbor installations.
455 Diffenderfer, 543 Staley, 417 Trigg dropped theirs on the town and runway.
543 Staley landed at Dobodura on the way back because of lack of gas. Search party consisting of Lt Murphy and Capt Thompson's crew were organized and were about to take off when 543 landed. Squadron on readiness at 1500."
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October 23, 2019