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 41-2527


Delivered Ogden 25/1/42; Portland 27/1/42; Ogden 17/2/42; Cheyenne 10/4/42; Lowry 6/5/42; slated RAF but transferred 431BS/11BG Hawaii 21/5/42; transferred 26BS; flak damage, over Eastern Solomons 10/6/44 with Hugh W. Owens. Salvaged Hawaii 10/8/44.

B-17 #41-2609 / Loose Goose

41-2609 / Loose Goose

Delivered Lowry 8/5/42; Hamilton 28/5/42; Assigned 19BG Hawaii 13/7/42; transferred 64BS/43BG, then 65BS; severe battle damaged on recon mission to Bismark Arch. 17/5/43 with Capt William Crawford Jr.; salvaged and repaired before retUS Hamilton 22/7/44; Tinker 14/9/44; Recl Comp 9/2/45. LOOSE GOOSE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2639


Delivered Lowry 5/3/42; Boise 4/4/42; Assigned 435BS/19BG Hawaii 27/5/42; Written off 19/1/43.

B-17 #41-2416 / San Antonio Rose

41-2416 / San Antonio Rose

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD) 9-Sep-41; Assigned 88RS/7BG [aircraft 13] then 40BS/19BG Hickam Field, HI, one of the aircraft arrived over Pearl Harbor 7-Dec-41 with Lt Frank Bostrom, Lt Wilson Cook, Lt Earl Sheggrud, Avn Cdt Bob Carruthers, T/Sgt Herb Collins, S/Sgt Les Hansen, Pfc Herb Wheatley, Pfc Elwood Shouldis, Pfc Clyde Horn, slightly damaged by Japanese strafing and landed Kuhuku golf course; transferred 88RS/19BG; then 7BG; damaged Townsville, Australia 22-Feb-42 when colliding with 41-2434; eventually through Batchelor Field, Australia, and to Del Monte, Philippines for a sortie against Japanese landings at Legaspi Mar-42; eventually used as a hangar queen before Written off at Brisbane 31/1/44. SAN ANTONIO ROSE.

B-17 #41-9227 / Yankee Doodle Jr.

41-9227 / Yankee Doodle Jr.

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/42; Assigned 431BS/11BG Hawaii 6/6/42; transferred 43BG; at least six enemy aircraft and two ships to its credit; crashed Espiritu Santo on liquor ride 31/12/42 with Andrews, but crew unknown. YANKEE DOODLE JR.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2563


Delivered Pendleton 6/2/42; Boise 19/2/42; with ? in taxi accident Gowen 23/2/42; Ogden 3/9/42; Boise 16/10/42; Oklahoma City 5/12/42; Wendover 5/1/43; Lockbourn 8/4/43; with Jim Gould crash landed base 10/3/44; Written off 11/3/44.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9197


Delivered Cheyenne 16/5/42; Wayne 10/6/42; Dorval 2/7/42; Gander-Prestwick 17/7/42, to RAF [FL458 painted 2-Q]; A&AEE gun firing trials 13/8/42; 220 Sq (ZZ-A) Benbecula; while on sub patrol 6/6/43 with Hugh Warren damaged U-boat U-450; 220 Sq (NR-Q) Lagens, Azores, 2/44; Struck Off Charge 14/6/45 and sold 15/9/47. QUEENIE.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2654


Delivered Lowry 5/3/42; crashed Hamilton 24/3/42. Salvaged. (shown in Midway TV documentary as in PTO).

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9062


Delivered Geiger 301st Bomb Group 30/3/42; Wendover 23/5/42; Assigned 52BS/29BG Gowen 5/6/42; Wendover 11/7/42; Westover 11/8/42; Oklahoma City 5/12/42; Boise 31/12/42; with Jim Geary crashed Gowen Fd 15/2/43 thru mechanical failure; Written off 18/2/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2597


Delivered MacDill 20/2/42; missing with Hugh Millis & crew 6/5/42, crashed at sea off Florida ?