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B-17E "Frank Buck" 41-2659 on marston matting at Hood Point
Wartime caption: "A SISTER TO ASSIST HER - New Guinea... A sister ship hovers over the B-17 ["Frank Buck" 41-2659] Flying Fortress down on a beach in New Guinea while preparations are made to attempt to get the big ship into the air. Lt. Raymond E. Holsey of Altos, OK, commanded the bomber which was forced down in the remote New Guinea beach while returning from a raid on the Jap base at Rabaul, New Britain. When metal flight strips to form a makeshift runway were brought from an American base [Port Moresby], Lt. Holsey and his men were able to fly their bomber off and back to base. Note natives nonchalantly watching the big bombers. (Released December 17, 1942)
Credit: International News Photo  Date: September 1942

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