B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies B-17E

“Big Tail”

The first of the “Big Ass” B-17’s arrived England to equip the US 8th Air Force in July 1942. All the planes had been modified with enlarged gun windows and 0.50-calibre guns on either side of the nose. Further modifications were made to them after they were operational including work on the radio, bomb rack, lighting, oxygen, extinguisher and survival systems. By the time the B-17E had been shipped across the Atlantic, newer models were already coming off the Boeing production line. In fact, the B-17E was only on full combat status for just over two weeks before the appearance of the B-17F’s

The B-17E was not used in great numbers for combat because the F model was so different in performance that it made joint operations, using both planes unlikely. The B-17E took a back seat and was eventually esed as a trainer, a transport and a target-tower. With its armaments removed it could give better handling and speed.

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9117

41-9117

Delivered Geiger 301BG 18/4/42; Alamogordo 18/6/42; Westover 2/7/42; Rapid City 1/10/42; Pocatello 6/11/42; Ogden 20/12/42; Hendricks 19/2/43; Written off 20/11/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9169

41-9169

Delivered Hendricks Fd, Sebring 451 Adv Fly Gp 5/5/42; taxi accident at Hendricks with Ray Robinson 2/3/43; 2137 BU Hendricks 8/6/43; Written off 5/7/44; Recl Comp 13/3/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2490

41-2490

Delivered Sacramento 10/1/42; Assigned MacDill; with A.J. Francisco crashed north of Pendleton Fd. OR 17/1/42. Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2428 / Ol’ Shasta

41-2428 / Ol’ Shasta

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD) 26-Nov-41; Assigned 98BS/11BG Hickam Filed, HI 26-Oct-42, transferred 42BS; Missing in Action 28-Dec-42 over Solomon Is. with James R. Harp, Co-pilot: Tom Omar, Navigator: Thornton Lewis, Bombardier: Elwood Miller, Chas Noble, Howard Krantz, Sanford Caviness, walt Stephanik, Henrry Majeski. Missing Air Crew Report 16271. OL’ SHASTA. Never served in the UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9106

41-9106

Delivered Sarasota 97BG 13/4/42; West Palm Beach 24/4/42; Bangor 26/6/42; Boise 2/8/42; Assigned 11AF Aleutians 22/9/42; Umnak 1/2/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/9/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2537

41-2537

Delivered Wright Fd 29/1/42; Midland 5/1/43; Wright 21/1/43; Biggs 10/3/43; Wright 13/3/43; Oklahoma City 23/4/43; Wright 29/4/43. Recl Comp 20/3/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2503

41-2503

Delivered MacDill 25/1/42; Assigned 7BG Java 19/2/42 with Franklin; shot down over Buitenzong, Java, 19/2/42 with Franklin; Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2423

41-2423

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD)28-Nov-41; March Field CA 18-Dec-41; Assigned 7BG but used on Project X MacDill/Bakers Field, FL 25-Dec-41; with Rich Craig crashed Clewiston, FL 5-Jan-42. Salvaged. Never served in the UK

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2614

41-2614

Delivered Ogden 22/2/42; Cheyenne 28/3/42; Wayne Co. 27/5/42; RCAF Dorval 19/6/42; Gander-Prestwick 25/6/42 with Louis Bisson, to RAF [FK199]; 220 Sq (ZZ-R) Ballykelly N.I. 23/7/42; to RAE Farborough and St Eval for Met training; 1 OTU Thornaby, Yorks. 31/8/43; 1674 HCU Aldergrove, N.I. 26/10/43; (206 Sq (NR-?) Lagens, Azores, 9/3/44 ?); 220 Sq (NR-L) 22/8/44; Struck Off Charge 14/6/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9153 / Tokyo Taxi

41-9153 / Tokyo Taxi

Delivered Geiger 301BG 29/4/42; Lowry 31/5/42; Assigned 431BS/11BG Hickam Fd 7/6/42; transferred 23BS/5BG Espirito Santo 22/7/42; t/o Carney Fd and shot down by Japanese J1N1 Irving n/f over Kahili, Solomon Is 19/7/43 with Rex Eckles, Co-pilot: Dave Jones, Navigator: Bill Fox, Bombardier: Rich Knop, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Kelly, Radio Operator: Chas Savedge, Waist gunner: Ray Greene, Waist gunner: Bill Davis, pass-Paul Hensley,Tail gunner: Edmund Hill (10 Killed in Action). Missing Air Crew Report 87. TOKYO TAXI.