SPECIAL 18 x 24 Boeing B-17E Limited Edition Relic Display
B-17E s/n 41-2429 was built in Seattle and delivered to the USAAF on November 29th, 1941.
On December 7th, ‘2429’ arrived over Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack, and diverted from Hickam to land at a reserve field, where she was strafed by Zeros but not damaged. The following day, ‘2429’ was hastily painted in the now-famous Hawaiian Air Depot camouflage and used to search for the retiring Japanese task force.
After being ferried to the South Pacific, on March 14th, 1942, ‘2429’ flew to Mindanao to evacuate General Douglas MacArthur to Australia.
On August 7th, 1942, ‘2429’, now nicknamed “Why Don’t We Do This More Often?”, with Captain Harl Pease as pilot, left Port Moresby, PNG on a mission to bomb a Japanese airbase near Rabaul, in New Britain. Pease was jumped by numerous Zero fighters and was shot down. All aboard were killed in the crash or were executed by the Japanese garrison. Pease was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and all members of his crew received the DSC.
Signed and numbered.
18 x 24 inches, framed and ready to hang.
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