B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-9234

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9234


Missions: 13


History of
B-17 41-9234

Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/42; slated RAF but Assigned 5AF 6/8/42 then 19BG Hawaii 21/8/42; transferred 65BS/43BG Port Moresby; Missing in Action (13m) on convoy bombing mission off Lae 8/1/43 with Ray Dau 9th mission), Co-pilot: Don Hoggan, Navigator: Peter Hudec, Bombardier: Albt Cole [wia], Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd DuMond, Radio Operator: Bob Albright [wia], Waist gunner: Francis Caldwell, Waist gunner: Henry Blasco,Tail gunner: Henry Bowen (died of wounds) (9 Returned to Duty); (2 died of wounds)hit by flak and force landed Black Cat Pass, east of Wau, New Guinea. Written off. Was intended as Lend Lease for RAF Coastal Command as [FL461] painted with RAF roundels, which were covered by USAAF insignia. Wreck still intact, although USAAF insignia has worn off still showing RAF roundels.

Last updated: 25. September 2019


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