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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2503  
5th AF
7th BG

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2314. During January 1942 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2503.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group. 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 41-2493 and LB-30 Liberator.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E 41-2503
"2503 delivered McDill [sic] Jan 25, 1942. Assigned 7th BG Java Feb 19, 1942. Shot down by fighters in Buitenzong area [sic], Java, Feb 19, 1942"
Fortress Against The Sun pages 139, 386 (Appendix B: B-17E 41-2503 Destroyed by burning at Bandoeng, 19 Feb 42)

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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