FORCE-LANDING OF A B-17E FLYING FORTRESS
ON THE WEST SIDE OF CAPE YORK
ON 6 JULY 1942
B17-E Flying Fortress
On 6 July 1942, B-17E Flying Fortress, #41-2417, "Monkey Biz-ness", of the 19th Bomb Group, piloted by a Mr. Thompson, made a forced landing on the west side of Cape York. It was later salvaged.
B-17E Flying Fortress "Monkey Biz-ness" was originally delivered to Salt Lake City on 19 Jan 1941. It was assigned to the 19th Bomb Group at Hawaii and arrived in Java on 19 February 1942 and was transferred to Project X on 26 December 1942.
Squadron Leader Dick Atkinson
March 1943 in Cairns
"Catalina Squadrons - First and Furthest" by Jack Riddell describes a search mission on 7 July 1942 by Catalina A24-14, captained by Squadron Leader Dick Atkinson, with 2nd Pilot, P/O Dunham. They were looking for a missing B-17 Flying Fortress which was eventually found at Mitchell River on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Supplies were dropped and the aircraft's position reported. The Catalina then landed at the mouth of the Mitchell River, had dinner, saw some crocodiles, and flew back above the downed B-17 and dropped them a note to advise of the rescue party.
The Forgotten Fifth
A Classic Photographic Chronology of the
Fifth Air Force in Action in the Pacific in WW2
By Michael Claringbould
"Catalina Squadrons - First and Furthest"
"Recounting the Operations of RAAF Catalinas"
"May 1941 to March 1943"
By Jack Riddell
I'd like to thank Paul McMillan for his assistance with the history of this aircraft.
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 12 June 1999
This page last updated 30 August 2015