5 NOVEMBER 1942
B-17E FLYING FORTRESS DAMAGED BY FIRE

AT MAREEBA, QLD

 

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B-17E Flying Fortress

 

USAAF B-17E Flying Fortress #41-9012 of the 30th Bomb Squadron of the 19th Bombardment Group was damaged by fire at Mareeba airfield on 5 November 1942. 

On 4 November 1942, B-17E Flying Fortress #41-9012 took off from Port Moresby at 05:00 hours for an armed recon of Buna-Salamaua-Lae areas, and returned to Port Moresby at 11:10 hours. It took off that evening at 17:45 hours and landed at Mareeba airfield at 20:55 hours. RAAF Pilot Officer Allan Fairfax, on Lt John Frost's crew, navigated B-17Flying Fortress #41-9012 back to Mareeba airfield on 4 November 1942.

B-17E #41-9012 burned to the ground the next day while testing a faulty generator or starter motor. 

They had earlier attacked a convoy near Gasmata on 2 November 1942.

 

This photo was taken by Charles Montgomery Jr, an armourer for the 93rd Bomb Squadron.
The photo was kindly sent to Damian Waters by his son 'Chuck' Montgomery.

 


Lee N. Clark Photographic Collection

USAAF B-17E Flying Fortress #41-9012

 


Lee N. Clark Photographic Collection

USAAF B-17E Flying Fortress #41-9012 damaged by fire at Mareeba airfield on 5 November 1942. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

I'd like to thank Damian Waters and Don Clark for their assistance with this home page.

I'd like to thank Steve Birdsall for information on the missions for this aircraft on 2th and 4th of November 1942.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

 

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This page first produced 7 February 1999

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