Hawaiian Air Depot Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses, Part III

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41-2429 had an interesting history. It was one of the twelve Flying Fortresses which arrived over Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, and was repainted at the Hawaiian Air Depot.  She was one of four Fortresses which evacuated General MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines to Australia.  She was named “Why Don’t We Do This More Often?” after a song popular at the time.  On 07AUG42 she bombed Vunakanau Field near Rabaul but was shot down by Japanese fighters.  Nine of the crew died in the crash, two bailed out but were captured and executed.  Her pilot, CAPT Harl Pease was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 The crew access door from the aft fuselage was recovered and is on display at the Kokopo War Museum, Rabaul, New Guinea.  Note the color, which is consistent with the green observed in the color film of the B-18 and B-17C/D landing at Hickam Field posted earlier.  (Pacific Wrecks photograph)

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Two pictures which illustrate a study in contrast. Here is 41-2430, reportedly over the Coral Sea in April of 1942.  By adjusting the contrast her serial number and details of the fuselage camouflage pattern become visible.

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Four screen captures of 41-2430 “Naughty But Nice” shown taking off from Townsville, Australia. Tail stripes and insignia centers have been painted out but she still carries the remote belly turret.
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The nose panel with “Naughty But Nice” pin-up art is currently on display in the Kokopo War Museum in Rabaul, New Guinea. The paint is remarkably well preserved.  41-2430 was yet another victim of Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo and his J1N1 Irving night fighter, brought down on 25JUN43.  All the crew were lost except for the navigator, 2LT Jose Holguin who survived the war as a PoW.
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Nose art of 41-2432 “The Last Straw”. The pin-up is unusual as it covers the side window.
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Another view of 41-2432 showing the modified nose armament to good advantage. This was a field modification using the tail guns from another Fortress, sighted from a blister cut into the top of the nose.  Cheek guns are still in place, which would make for a tight fit.
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Several marking details are visible in this shot of “The Last Straw”. Under the wing it is apparent where the red center of the national insignia has been painted over in white, and the U.S. ARMY lettering is still in place.  The fuselage star has also been modified but the difference is more subtle.  The vertical stabilizer is a replacement.  Notice the unusual style of the “3” in the serial number.  The Sperry remote turret has been removed and replaced with twin .50s on a flexible mount.