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B-17 Flying Fortress

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 Delivered 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.
Aircraft biography from "":
Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to US Army on November 14, 1941 and flown by Lt. Frank Bostrom from Boeing Filed to Hamilton Field. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "San Antonio Rose" with a Mexican girl painted on the pilot's side of cockpit.

Wartime History
On December 6, 1941 this B-17 was part of an unarmed ferry flight that departed Hamilton Field bound for Hickam Field. On the morning of December 7, 1941 incoming Japanese aircraft detected on radar were dismissed as the expected flight of B-17s. The formation of B-17s arrived during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu.

This bomber was accidentally fired on by a U.S. Navy destroyer and attacked by A6M2 Zero fighters. Some damage sustained, but none of the crew were injured. This B-17 force landed at Kuhuku Golf Course. Stuck for two days, the aircraft was freed and on December 9, 1941 was flown to Hickam Field.

Immediately, this B-17 began flying reconnaissance missions from Hickam Field patrolling the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii.

On February 10, 1942 departed on a ferry flight bound for Australia. During the flight, a directive was issued that all B-17 type aircraft were to be referred to as Hudson Mark 6 aircraft in all communications that involved wireless transmission.

During the evening of February 22, 1942 this B-17 accidentally collided with B-17E 41-2434 and was unable to participate in the first American bombing mission against Rabaul. Heavily damaged, this B-17 was stripped for usable parts. Immediately, the left wing tip was used to repair B-17E 41-2434.

By April 1942, it was stripped of all usable parts. Officially written off at Brisbane January 31, 1944.


Date Contributor Update
06 May 2021 20:54:58 jmoore43 Changes to serial number

Removed "B-17E" from the A/C Serial number field.

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 19:05:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number, production block number and description

Lee Cunningham 24-Jun-2015. Appended Model to title (convention used for aircraft that never served in the UK); added Block Number , manufacturer, Edited Description (wrote out acronyms) converted dates to military-style signification per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 16:47:39 JasonR Changes to manufacturer and markings

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 16:46:14 JasonR Changes to nicknames and description

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log