History of the
B-17 #42-5357

Delivered Denver 20/11/42; West Palm Beach 11/12/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 1/1/43; transferred AFSC 19/3/43; Written off 27/8/44.

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  1. von Joseph A Springer am 13. May 2019 16:32 Uhr

    Quote from “P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO, by C. Molesworth (Osprey #43).

    “[Chase and Gray of 33rd FG] were flying over enemy-held territory between Gabès and El-Guettar on 5 January 1943, when they spotted an apparently undamaged B-17 being towed along a road. Although they did not know it at the time, the four-engined American bomber had force-landed nearby after becoming lost on a ferry flight to North Africa. Captured by the Germans, the aeroplane was being towed toward a Luftwaffe base when the P-40 pilots found it. Chase and Gray did not like the idea of the B-17 falling into enemy hands, so they dove earthward with guns blazing and strafed the bomber until it caught fire and burned to a hulk.”

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