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Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2657. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia arriving on April 17, 1942.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron. Later, to the 30th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Old Faithful".
On August 7, 1942 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Fred F. Wesche as one of thirteen B-17s on a mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul, but aborted the mission due to engine failure.
Steve Birdsall adds:
Afterwards, assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group.
During early November 1943, converted to an armed transport at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field. Afterwards, assigned to the 54th Troop Carrier Wing.
On June 21, 1945, this B-17 was scrapped in Manila.
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