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 #41-9061

41-9061

Delivered Wright Fd 3/2/42; Eglin 17/5/42; Wright 3/6/42; Phillips 21/6/42; Tinker 19/9/42; Wright-Patterson 19/2/43; force landed base with Hilliard Estes 16/7/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 20/12/45.

B-17 #41-9015

41-9015

Delivered Minneapolis 11/3/42; Assigned 435BS/19BG Hawaii 6/5/42; transferred 30BS/43BG; Written off 19/2/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2436

41-2436

Delivered MacDill 25/12/41; with R.J. Reed force landed Habbaniya, Iraq, 14/1/42; transferred 7BG Java Project X 29/2/42; Returned to the USA Bolling 16/8/42; Langley 9/7/44; Selfridge 6/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/9/45.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2422

41-2422

Delivered Salt Lake Strategic Arms Depot (SAD) 24-Nov-41; Assigned 3BS/6BG 27-Feb-42; Guatemala 15-May-42; South American Air Depot (SAAD) 25-Jul-42; Guatemala 19-Aug-42; Howard Fd, Canal Zone Jan-43; crash landed David Field, Panama with Neal Peterson, Co-pilot: George Wajagich, Navigator: John Reep, Bombardier: Art Adler, plus Francis Dawson, Chas Greene, Elbert Ball, Warren Harding, John Saul, John Vukus, Bob Merchant, Harry Bullard (12 Returned to Duty) 14-Jul-43; Written off 5-Aug-43. Never served in the UK.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-2501

41-2501

Delivered Sacramento 18/1/42; MacDill 25/1/42; Assigned 7BG but on delivery crash landed Java 20/2/42. Salvaged.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9205

41-9205

Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/42; Assigned 36BS/28 Comp Gp Kodiak 2/6/42; crashed Lake Bennett, Carcross, Yukon Terr.; en route Ft Glenn, AK with Irwin McWilliams 16/10/43; Written off 4/12/43.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9077

41-9077

Delivered Geiger 301st Bomb Group 6/4/42; Alamogordo 18/6/42; Westover 2/7/42; Tyndall 14/8/42; Sebring 20/9/42; Eglin 16/11/42; Las Vegas 21/12/42; McClelland 17/2/43; Written off 24/11/43; Recl Comp 3/1/46.

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-9207 / Texas #6

41-9207 / Texas #6

Delivered Lowry 19/5/42; Assigned 435BS/19BG Hawaii 6/6/42; transferred 64BS/43BG; s/d, crashed Hong Kong mountain 1/6/43 with Ernie Naumann, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Fox [wia*], Radio Operator: Paul Cascio,Tail gunner: Chas Green [wia*](4 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Winslow Gardner, Navigator: Chas Lewis, Bombardier: Oliver Alvin, Ball turret gunner: Virgil Voss, Waist gunner: Bruno Bukalski, Waist gunner: Albert Smith (6 Killed in Action); there were four survivors, but when local natives led them to a Japanese patrol they were probably executed. Written off 6/6/43. Wreckage found on summit by RAAF 12/3/46. TEXAS #6.

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 #41-9213 / Los Lobos aka Road Home aka Rover Boy

41-9213 / Los Lobos aka Road Home aka Rover Boy

Delivered Cheyenne 22/5/42; Assigned 42BS/11BG Hawaii 3/6/42; Missing in Action Guadalcanal with Charles Norton 24/9/42 hit by several fighters. W/O 8/44 by 13 ADGp at New Caledonia. JAP BASHER (aka LOS LOBOS, ROAD HOME and ROVER BOY.)