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  B-17F-115-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 42-30681  
11th AF

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 5795. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17F-115-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 42-30681.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 27, 1943, crashed after a bombing mission against the Japanese in the Aleutians. All but one of the crew survived the bail out. This B-17 crashed into the Alaskan tundra, and the tail section fell into a small lake.

Until 1986, this B-17 remained in situ. In 1996, located by Gary Larkins who salvaged the tail and fuselage. In June 2001 he returned and recovered additional parts.

Storage & Restoration
In 1996, the recovered wreckage was initially stored in Fairbanks. Later, Tillamook Air Museum acquired the fuselage. Arctic Warbirds at Fairbanks-Bradley Field, acquired wings and other components.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17F-115-BO Fortress 42-30681 2001 Alaska Expedition recovery of B-17F 42-30681 (via Wayback Machine June 14, 2013)

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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