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  B-17E "Tojo's Jinx / Billy" Serial Number 41-2462  
USAAF
5th AF

Former Assignment
19th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2273. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2462.

Wartime History
Assigned to 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG). Nicknamed "Tojo's Jinx". Later, renamed "Billy".

On February 23, 1942 at 5:30am took off from Madioen Airfield piloted by Lt. Preston as one of three B-17s with B-17E "El Toro" 41-2461 and a third bomber aborted. The two remaining B-17s proceeded to bombed Denpasar Airfield from 27,000' through thick clouds.

On August 7, 1942 this B-17 participated in a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul.

Edward M. Jacquet, pilot of B-17E "Tojo's Jinx" 41-2462 recalled:
"[B-17E "Why Don't We Do This More Often" 41-2429 piloted by Captain Hal Pease was on his right wing] We hollered and screamed for the formation to slow down to protect Harl. We borke silence on our radios but of course they were very unreliable radios. Later the other pilots said they never heard us."

Later, this B-17 was assigned to U.S. Army General Kruger as a personal transport. Nicknamed "Billy".

On September 9, 1944 this B-17 and the crew were photographed parked at Wakde Airfield.

During 1945, scrapped in New Guinea.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Fortress 41-2462
"2462 reported strafed at Port Moresby, Australia on Dec 25, 1941. Repaired. Named "Billy" when used as a hack for LT. GEN Krueger of 6th Army. WO Jun 3, 1945. 2462 (*Tojo's Jinx*) scrapped in New Guinea in 1945."
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 107, 111, 178, 144, 149, 385, 410, 414

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October 7, 2021

 

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