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  B-17G-85-DL Flying Fortress Serial Number 44-83554  
5th AF

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5th AF c1945

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at Long Beach under contract for Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Converted to a CB-17G for use as a VIP transport, with seats added and the waist positions closed by windows. During 1945, this aircraft operated as a transport in the Philippines. Ultimate fate unknown.

Steve Birdsall adds:
"I believe this is one of the B-17s where the IARC has gone missing. It was involved in a taxi accident at Hickam Field on December 12, 1947 and reportedly written off as DBR. Another source indicates that it ended up as a drone in the Bomarc program."

Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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