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On July 4, 1942 one of six B-17s that bombed Lae. Returning to land at Horn Island Airfield, the B-17's hit fuel drums at the edge of the runway damaging the left landing gear to collapse jaming it up into the no. 2 engine and a tire blowout. Afterwards, repaired at Longreach Airfield. Aboard was ball turret gunner Sgt Edward Dietz.
Assigned as the personal transport for U. S. Army Air Force General George C. Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force. Nicknamed "Sally". During 1942-1945 used as General Kenney's personal transport and flown between Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
During February-March 1943, while Kenney was in the United States. The flight crew saw a photo of another general's aircraft in natural aluminum finish in a magazine and thought it looked good. Since Kenney was away, and the crew was not involved in much flying and stripped off the paint to a natural aluminum finish.
During April 1945, it was damaged in a thunderstorm in the Philippines, and ground crews decided its wing spars might have been damaged. A month later, it was scrapped at Brisbane in May 1945.
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