Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2699. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9227. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 431st Bombardment Squadron, Nicknamed "Yankee Doodle Jr.". During 1942, the nose markings included flags claiming six Japanese aircraft, and two ships.
On December 31, 1942 took off from Bomber 1 on Espirito Santo piloted by Captain Jack N. Levy with 1st Lt. Robert B. Andrews on a flight bound for Fiji. After take off, this bomber crashed on Espirito Santo. Levy was killed in the crash. Andrews was injured and died of his wounds on January 2, 1943.
The crew were officially declared dead the day of the crash. Both are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Levy at section A, site 568. Andrews at section A, site 326.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records, -
Jack N Levy
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9227
"9227 delivered to Cheyenne May 23, 1942; assigned to 11th BG at Hickham, Hawaii June 6, 1942 transferred to 43rd BG in July 1942, named "Yankee Doodle Jr." crashed into the Pacific while on a liquor ride Dec 31, 1944."
FindAGrave - Capt Jack N Levy (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert B Andrews (photo, grave photo) date of death listed as January 2, 1943
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October 23, 2019