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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2486  
5th AF
19th BG
30th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2297. On December 31, 1941 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2486. Ferried overseas to the Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG), 30th Bombardment Squadron (30th BS). No known nose art or nickname. By early February 1942 this B-17 had arrived on Java and participated in the Java campaign. By late February 1942, until evacuated from Java southward to Broome Airfield in Western Australia. On March 1, 1942 this B-17 dispersed to Pearce Airfield.

Royce Mission
In the middle of April 1942 took off from Batchelor Field near Darwin piloted by Captain Edward Teats arriving at Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao to participate in the Royce Mission. On April 12-13, 1942 took off from Del Monte Airfield bombing missions against Japanese targets in the Philippines. Afterwards, loaded with essential passengers then took off from Del Monte Airfield and flew southward to to Batchelor Field.

Returned to the United States during November 1942. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2486
"2486 delivered Langley Dec 31, 1941, assigned 43rd BG 64th BS [sic] Java Feb 7, 1942. Used in MacArthur's first rescue attempt. Transferred to 19th BG, 30th BS at RAAF Pearce, Australia Mar 1, 1942. Then to 7th BG, 9th BS Daly Waters, Australia May 1941. Returned to USA Oct 1941 [sic November 1942]. To RFC Altus Oct 4,1945."
Hanford Morning Journal "Pacific Heroes Reunited at Coast Air Base" April 30, 1943 page 9
"Santa Ana, April 29 - One year ago [April 29, 1942], at a bomb-pocked airfield [Del Monte Airfield] on the beleaguered island of Mindanao, a battered [B-17] Flying Fortress idled for takeoff, ready to evacuate a small group of strategic military personnel to Australia.
But there was not space aboard for everybody. Aerial gunner SSgt Herbert M. Wheatley of Los Angeles stepped out to make room for Lieut. Paul S. Miller of Dos Palos, Calif., a pilot."
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 122, 136, 139, 154, 386, 412, 414, 436

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October 4, 2020


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