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

Former Assignment
19th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the USAAF, 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group. Nicknamed "Tojo's Jinx". Later, renamed "Billy".

Wartime History
On February 23, 1942 one of three B-17s that took off from Madioen Airfield at 5:30am piloted by Lt. Preston, along 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:
"[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.

Fortress Against The Sun page 107, 111, 178, 144, 149, 385, 410, 414

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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