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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2466  
5th AF
7th BG

Former Assignments
19th BG
93rd BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2277. On December 25, 1941 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2466 and flown to Geiger Field.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG), 93rd Bombardment Squadron (93rd BS). Ferried overseas via the "African Route" to Java. On January 21, 1942 arrives Java and transfered to the 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG).

On January 27, 1942 at 7:50am took off from Singosari Airfield (Malang) piloted by Lt. Preston as one of six B-17s (three from the 19th BG and three from the 7th BG) led by Major Robinson on a bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Balikpapan. Inbound to the target, this B-17 aborted the mission due to bad weather and returned safely.

On February 13, 1942 took off piloted by Beck at night one of eleven B-17s (three from the 19th BG and eight from the 19th BG) on a bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Makassar. This was the largest formation by Java based B-17s to date. Inbound to the target, this B-17 aborted the mission due to engine trouble.

On February 19, 1942 while parked at Bandoeng Airfield in Java destroyed during a Japanese air raid.

Other sources incorrectly state this B-17 was destroyed at Malang Airfield on February 3, 1942.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2466
"2466 delivered Geiger Dec 25, 1941. To 19th BG, 93rd BS Java Jan 21, 1942, then 7th BG. Destroyed on ground at Malang, Java Feb 3, 1942."
Fortress Against The Sun pages 116 (January 27, 1942 mission), 127, 133, 139, 385 (Appendix B: B-17E 41-2466, 19 BG, Destroyed by strafing at Bandoeng 19 Feb 42), 409 (chapter 9, footnote 15), 412 (footnote 8)

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Last Updated
February 12, 2021


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