B-17F Fortress 41-24353 "Cap'N & THe Kids", with the 64th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group flew 80 combat missions. It was taken out of combat service at Dobodura Airfield, New Guinea in late 1943 and turned into a transport with the 69th TCS, 433d Troop Carrier Group. It was modified to carry essential supplies, weapons and ammunition to Momote in the Admiralty Islands between 14 February and 4 March 1944. It also dropped supplies during the Invasion of Hollanda in April 1944.
World War II, original caption 'The Flying Fortress Goonie has seven Jap Zeros to her credit in 15 combat missions in the South Pacific. This is not an unusual record for these American Air force fighting bombers', circa 1942 ~
OLD BALDY, #41-24455, was a long-serving 63rd Squadron B-17. By the time it left the Pacific Theater on October 26, 1943, it carried an extensive scoreboard of 66 combat missions, 6 medals, 3 Japanese fighters shot down, 3 ships sunk, 2 searchlights, and 1 enemy gun position destroyed. Read more about this plane's service in Ken's Men Against the Empire, Vol. I. http://irandpcorp.com/products/43bg1/