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  B-17E "Typhoon McGoon II / Typhoon McGoon" Serial Number 41-9211  
13th AF
11th BG
98th BS

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11th BG c1942

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11th BG c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress as 41-9211. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South Pacific (SOPAC).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 1th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Typhoon McGoon II" on the right side of the nose after the loss of B-17E "Typhoon McGoon" on September 13, 1942. Later, for unknown reasons, the "II" was painted out making the nickname simply "Typhoon McGoon". At that time, the scoreboard on the right with six aerial victory claims and 12 bomb markings indicating missions flown.

During late 1942, B-17 operated from Bomber 1 on Espiritu Santo flying bombing and reconnaissance missions over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Later, this B-17 was later equipped with radar.

On November 14, 1942 took off from Bomber 1 piloted Captain James E. Johan on a mission to search for Japanese heavy cruiser force that bombardment of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal the night before. Flying to the northwest, this B-17 spotted Japanese vessels and radioed their position and circled. Intercepted by a dozen Zeros, this B-17 claimed six shot down and two damaged but sustained damage to the tail and control surfaces but was able to return to Bomber 1 safely and was repaired by 5am the next day.

During 1945, flown back to the United States. On December 14, 1945 assigned to the 901st Base Unit (901st BU). Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared in early 1946.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Fortress Fortress 41-9211
"9211 delivered to Cheyenne May 22, 1942; assigned to 11th BG, 98th BS at Hickham, Hawaii Jun 11, 1942, named "Typhoon McGoon"; flew a mission over Guadalcanal Jan 1943; RET US at Orlando and assigned to 901st BU Dec 14, 1945. Final fate not in available record, probably sold for scrap in early 1946."
Fortress Against The Sun page 292-293, 390

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October 28, 2019


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