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Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2279. On December 20, 1941 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2468 and flown to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG), 9th Bombardment Squadron (9th BS). No known nose art or nickname. During the January 1942 departed MacDill Field piloted by 1st Lt. Robert E. Northcutt via the "African Route" to Java in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). On January 18, 1942 arrives Malang Airfield on Java.
On January 25, 1942 at 7:00am took off from Singosari Airfield on Java pilot by 1st Lt. Robert E. Northcutt on a mission to bomb the Japanese convoy off Balikpapan on southeast Borneo. The formation included six from the 19th BG plus two from the 7th BG. After bombing the landing force, the B-17s were intercepted and experienced bad weather that consumed more fuel than anticipated. Low on fuel, force landed wheels up on the beach on Madera Island to the east of Java.
Afterwards, the crew attempted to burn or destroy the B-17 to prevent it from being captured. Possibly, this B-17 was captured by the Japanese and might have been stripped for usable parts or salvaged. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Other sources incorrectly state this B-17 was assigned to the 19th BG in Java on January 18, 1942 and force landed on mudflats 15 miles northeast of Bangkalan on Java.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2468
"2468 delivered Sacramento Dec 20, 1941. Assigned 19th BG, 93rd BS Java Jan 18, 1942. Arrived African Route Jan 19, 1942. Transferred to 19th BG on Java. Following raid, Jan 25, 1942, made wheels up landing on mudflats 15 miles N.E. of Bangkalan, Java. Abandoned. May have been captured by Japanese forces and stripped for parts."
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 117 (January 18, 1942 arrival Malang), 120 (January 25, 1942 Balikpapan mission), 385 (SN list), 409 (footnotes 1, 4)
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