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Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2487. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-9015. During May 1942 ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 19th Bombardment Group (19th BG), 30th Bombardment Squadron (30th BS). No known nickname or nose art. No known nose art or nickname.
On September 12, 1942 one of seven B-17s that took off piloted by Walter Schmid on a bombing mission against Buna Airfield at low level. After observing B-17E 41-2663 hit, this B-17 dropped emergency rations and weapons to the downed crew in the sea 50 yards offshore, 10 to 20 miles south of the Buna area.
During late 1942, assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group (43rd BG), 65th Bombardment Squadron (65th BS) at 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.
On November 23, 1942 took off as one of seven B-17s on a mission to bomb Japanese shipping off Lae. B-17F "Listen Here, Tojo!" 41-24552 turned back, B-17E 41-2638, 41-2657, 41-9015 [this B-17], B-17F "Talisman" 41-24537 and B-17E 41-24420 attacked, and B-17E 41-2536 was shot down. It is possible this mission was flown on either November 21, 1942 or November 22, 1942.
On February 19, 1943 written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9015
"9015 delivered to Minneapolis May 11, 1942; assigned to 19BG at Hickam, Hawaii May 6, 1942; transferred to 43BG Jun 1942. WO Feb 19, 1943."
Combined Headquarters at Townsville November 23, 1942 has an entry noting that six B-17s attacking ships of Lae and identifies 65th Squadron bombers that participated in the mission: #536 [this B-17 was] "shot down" and #552 "turned back". Other numbers mentioned are 537, 657, 420, 015 and 63. It is possible this mission was flown on either November 21, 1942 or November 22, 1942.
Fortress Against the Sun (2001) pages 245-246
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information
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