Photographer Ralph Morse documented several Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses operating from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides in December 1942. Two of these aircraft would be lost before the end of the month. Two others were shot down by J1N1 Irving night fighters. Four were veterans of the Battle of Midway. At the time these aircraft were assigned to the 11th and 5th Bombardment Groups, but many had previously operated all across the Pacific. The following are a selection of named aircraft with their nose art and scoreboards at the time.
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