I have tried to present information which will be useful to modelers in reproducing these very interesting aircraft. I recommend the book “Ken’s Men” by Lawrence J. Hickey for anyone wanting to read more about Pacific War B-17 operations or the Hawaiian Air Depot camouflage schemes. I would also recommend the work of historians Dana Bell and Steve Birdsall, both of whom have an interest in these aircraft and have published some truly inspiring work.
Known B-17E Flying Fortresses in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme:
41-2397 JOE BFTSPLK
41-2404 The Spider
41-2409 Old Maid
41-2416 San Antonio Rose
41-2417 MONKEY BIZZ-NESS
41-2428 OLE SHASTA
41-2429 Why Don’t We Do This More Often?
41-2430 Naughty But Nice
41-2432 The LAST STRAW
41-2433 Miss Fit
41-2442 Yokohama Express
41-2445 So Solly Please
41-2413 Lucky 13 – no known photos. She was one of the eight Fortresses which arrived over Pearl Harbor on 07DEC41 during the Japanese attack. The other seven received the HAD camouflage so it is likely that 41-2413 did as well.
Tail Stripes added but not camouflaged:
B-17C/D Flying Fortresses in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme:
There are photographs showing at least four B-17C/Ds in different HAD schemes, but only one has been identified by serial number, 40-3060. The color separations, and perhaps even the colors themselves show much more variation than the schemes applied to the E-model Fortresses. The C-model Fortresses sent to the Pacific were all brought up to D standard, so the presence of cowl flaps cannot be used to differentiate between the two types. I believe it is likely that these B-17C/Ds were camouflaged at HAD:
Douglas B-18 Bolos in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme:
These are much more elusive. While the B-18 was photographed extensively before the war, the type proved not as interesting to photographers once hostilities commenced. Approximately twenty survived the Pearl Harbor attack. One can speculate that these were camouflaged as ordered but only two photographs of B-18s in HAD schemes have surfaced, both of which I have posted in previous blogs. One is 37-002, the other is seen in the color film but with no serials applied.
I would welcome any additional information on any of these aircraft.