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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2493  
5th AF
7th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2304. During January 1942 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2493. On January 18, 1942 delivered to McClellan Airfield to the Sacramento Air Depot (SAD).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group (7th BG). No known nickname or nose art. On January 25, 1942 departed MacDill Field piloted by Lt. Charles F. Franklin on a ferry flight via the "African Route" to Java.

On February 19, 1942 while parked at Bandoeng Airfield in Java destroyed during a Japanese air raid when it caught fire and burned. Also destroyed was B-17E 41-2503 and LB-30 Liberator.

Other sources state this B-17 was ferried overseas by Major Francis R. Feeney, 7th BG. This B-17 also might have been assigned to the 19th BG while in Java.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E 41-2493
"2493 delivered Sacramento Jan 18, 1942. Assigned to 19th BG Java Feb 19, 1942. Destroyed by bombing, Bandoeng, Java Feb 19, 1942. Salvaged"
Fortress Against The Sun (2001) pages 139 (February 19, 1942 air raid), 386 (Appendix B: B-17E 41-2493 destroyed by strafing at Bandoeng, 19 Feb 42)

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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