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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9015  
5th AF
43rd BG
65th BS

Former Assignments
19th BG
30th BS
AWM c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
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, transferred to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron based at 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

On November 23, 1942 combined Headquarters at Townsville 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 638. So, maybe seven planes took off to attack Japanese shipping near 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. Also, it is possible this mission was flown on either November 21, 1942 or November 22, 1942.

During 1943, this B-17 was scrapped.

Fortress Against the Sun pages 245-246
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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