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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 41-2668. Ferried to Panama then flown overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific via Fiji.
Assigned to the 5th Bomb Group (5th BG), 394th Bomb Squadron (394th BS). No known nickname or nose art. Afterwards, flown to Australia and assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG), 93rd Bombardment Squadron (93rd BS). No known nickname or nose art.
On October 15, 1942 this aircraft was parked at Mareeba Airfield and photographed during an awards ceremony for men from the 19th Bombardment Group attended by Major General George C. Kenney (C.O., 5th Air Force), Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker (Commanding General, 5th Bomber Command, wearing sunglasses) and Lt Colonel Richard H. Carmichael (C.O. 19th Bombardment Group, holding cane).
On August 6, 1942 took off from Horn Island Airfield piloted by Captain
Harl Pease during the evening on a flight bound for 7-Mile Drome near Port
Moresby to stage for a bombing mission planned for August 7, 1942 against Rabaul. Roughly fifty miles into the flight, an engine valve failed forcing this B-17 to abort the flight and landed safely at Mareeba Airfield. Back on the ground, Pease and his crew boarded B-17E "Why" Don't We Do This More Often 41-2429 instead and took off from Mareeba Airfield and flew to 7-Mile Drome near Port
Moresby to participate in the mission.
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