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40-2047

B-17 Flying Fortress

Almost certainly sent to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD), one of the four District depots first established. The Strategic Air Depots were established in the UK in 1942.

Delivered Strategic Air Depot 9-Sep-40; Salt Lake City 27-Jun-41; departed 31-Oct-41 en route McClelland Fd, Sacramento for an #3 engine change, with five crew and four passengers, all Killed in Service , including:

P Leo Walker (Killed in Service); CP John Mode
Sterling Isom; Alden Stookey
E/TTG Eugene Clemens, plus four crewmen (8 Returned to Duty)

Approaching Reno the weather worsened with radio static, and Lt Walker, decided to land at Reno and wait for conditions to improve. Two days later the weather relented, and flight resumed, but 20 minutes after take off the radio failed, the static made contact with Reno impossible. Then a supercharger failed as an attempt was made to climb above the weather. At this point the aircraft began to break up in the turbulence and most of the crew bailed out successfully, it crashed on Tell’s Peak, 25 miles E of Georgetown, Cal. 2-Nov-41. It was eventually salvaged, while later photographs on this rarely visited site show early USAAF markings. Never used in combat and never served in the UK.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2019 14:37:57 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Air Force Depots in the United States, AAF Study

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2019 04:15:18 Chris Brame Changes to media associations
Sources

personal collection via Nick Veronico

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 16:24:14 Emily Changes to serial number
Sources

Removed block number from serial number

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 19:41:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number, production block number, manufacturer and description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jan-2015. Added Block Number, added manufacturer; Converted dates in Description to military-style signification and added end note.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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