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2007/08/25 17:24:43 (permalink)
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B-17F 42-3167

I'm looking for information on B-17F 42-3167. A friend has done extensive research on this craft, but can't seem to find anything after August 16, 1945. Anyone know anything about the final disposition? Thanks.
 
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    RE: B-17F 42-3167 2007/08/25 18:01:59 (permalink)
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    Hello Reed:
     
    According to Roger Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story", B-17F 42-3167 was first assigned to the 306th BG/423rd BS on 19 April 1943 and then transferred to the 379th BG/527th BS on 17 June 1943.  On 16 April 1944, it was returned to the U.S. to Homestead (likely Homestead AFB, FL).  Then, to the RFC at Altus (likely located near Altus AFB, OK) on 11 August 1945 for scrapping.  It was named "YE OLDE PUB".
     
    Hope this helps.
     
     

    David Schmitt
    d.schmitt@prodigy.net
    son of 1st LT Donald J. Schmitt, USAAF, co-pilot
    assigned to 493rd BG/863rd BS at Debach, England
    from Nov 1944 thru May 1945
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    RE: B-17F 42-3167 2007/08/25 18:06:18 (permalink)
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    Reed,
     
    This is the entry from Bits and Pieces on this a/c,
     
      23167       379     527 FO S/B    Ye Olde Pub
                05 03 43 AI 17 04 43 AOS 17 06 43 G 306BG
                18 07 43 RAF Olhan RG 18 08 43
                08 09 43 MRU RG 08 10 43
                02 11 43 2SAD RG 08 11 43
                20 12 43 AF Seething 22 12 43 2SAD RG ?
                21 01 44 2SAD RG 02 03 44
                04 03 44 AF Alconbury RG 29 03 44
                04 04 44 BAD2 14 06 44 ZOI
                See: NEEA 78 - 88
     
    Certainly seems to have gotten around.  Last entry was return to US June 14, 1944.  Would be interested in what she was doing from then to August 16, 1945.  Also of interest is Joe Baughers entry that says she never flew again after mission of Dec 20, 1943.  B & P also gives reference to pages 78-88 of this book:
     
    William Neely.  Pilots  The Romance of the Air: Pilots Speal About the Triumphs and Tragedies, Fears and Joys of Flying.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.
     
    Might contain a lead of some sort.
     
    Happy Hunting!
     
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    RE: B-17F 42-3167 2007/08/26 11:28:27 (permalink)
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    David and Hal,

    Thanks for your replies. I was at a gathering of 8th AF veterans yesterday, and one of the fellows had some pretty extensive information on the plane (including a photocopy of the original invoice and the well-known print of Ye Olde Pub and Stigler's Messerschmitt. ) He had traced the plane to Altus, but could find no confirmation that it was scrapped.

    I'll pass the information along to him. It will certainly fill in some missing pieces. (He had heard of the book "Bits and Pieces", but doesn't have access to a copy.) I hadn't heard of the Neely book, so will check that out.

    Reed
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