41-9107 IN-P/SC-X

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Serial No: 41-9107
Model: B-17E-?- BO
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company, Seattle, WA
Delivered: 01/01/0001
Assigned: 11/06/1943
Lost: 08/29/1944
Mission Lost: N/A
How Lost: Reassigned to Another Unit
Notes: This aircraft, known as "the 401st Hack", saw service with the 97th BG (Polebrook), the 390th BG (Framlingham), the 92th BG (Bovingdon), and the 91st BG (Bassingbourn) before arriving at Deenethorpe to join the 401st.

The 401st hack was on charge to the 613th Squadron.  It was the oldest B-17 with the Group and was, in fact, a B-17E acquired after the Group had landed in England but before the Group moved into Deenethorpe on 19 November 1943.  It had initially belonged to the 97th BG, the first Group in the 8th Air Force, who had flown the first American mission in WWII on 17 August 1942.  The 97th BG had only been in the ETO for two months before leaving for North Africa on 18 November 1942.

This historic Queen was used by the 401st for target towing and general hack duties until replaced by a war weary 614th Fortress.  She was subsequently transferred back to the 390th BG on 29 August 1944 and later to the 398th BG (Nuthampstead), and finally salvaged after the War on 2 August 1945.

Recorded Missions

101/11/1944 Oschersleben (#14) Harris E. Rogner Crew #1
205/07/1944 Berlin (#64) Bryan M. Shotts Crew #1