CRASH OF A B-17E FLYING FORTRESS
AT TOWNSVILLE, QLD
ON 22 FEBRUARY 1942

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B-17E Flying Fortress, #41-2416 "San Antonio Rose" was delivered to Salt Lake City on 9 November 1941. It was initially assigned to the 40th Bomb Squadron of the 19th Bomb Group at Hickham airfield. It was then transferred to 88RS. It was damaged in an incident at Townsville on 22 February 1942. It was written off on 31 January 1944.

There were a number of B-17's called San Antonio Rose. This has lead to a certain amount of confusion for researchers like myself. As best I can determine here are the details:-

Aircraft Serial No. Type Crashed at Date Remarks
San Antonio Rose #41-2416 B-17E Townsville 22 Feb 1942  40 BS of 19th BG. One source shows 2416 as "San Antonio Rose I"
San Antonio Rose #41-24458 B-17F   5 Jan 1943 64th BS of 43rd BG, General Kenneth Walker killed in this crash
San Antonio Rose II #41-2447 B-17E bombed at Del Monte ?? 40 BS of 19 BG.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I'd like to thank Paul McMillan for his assistance with the history of this aircraft.

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

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