B-17 "Knucklehead" (Pacific Theatre)

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  1. Mortain44

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    I am looking for photo and/or information on a Pacific Theatre B-17 nicknamed "Knucklehead". If anyone can post, send or refer me to a photo ... great! I missed an earlier opportunity to get a ground photo of the plane with flight crew. Any assistance is appreciated! Internet searches aren't generating any leads so far.

    Thanks.
     
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    Wow, hard subject there, I havent seen to many books on B-17's in the pacific. Osprey has one but I didnt see a picture of the aircraft you are looking for in the book I have. I have a couple of more books to look through but have my doubts. Maybe some one else will have something.

    By the way welcome to the board.

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    Thanks, Paul ...

    I really appreciate the effort. I understand that there are records of either tail numbers or serial numbers, so it would be great if I can get a photo with the tail number ... then I can research. I am kicking myself for missing out on the photo on ebay, as I believe it had the ground-crew's names listed underneath. Also, a while back, I found a link to a site that had a brief service description, but that site link no longer works.

    Again, much appreciated.
    Vic
     
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    Vic you could try this tactic, start searching for websites of B-17 Bomber groups that served in the pacfic. Some web sites list B-17 aircraft names that where known to fly with a squadron and go from there.

    Hopfully that will help.

    Paul
     

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    Thanks again, Paul. I've begun researching some of the unit websites based on your pdf listing. :idea: I think your list will be of great assistance. I'm also considering the purchase of a couple of books specific to B-17s in the Pacific.

    Vic
     
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    Your welcome Vic!!!! :lol:
     
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    #7 rsbarber, Apr 30, 2013
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    Dear Vic,
    I ran across your post on this site and I am also looking for info on the same plane. I know some things about it and the crew but was wondering if you had been able to locate a picture. Tail No. 41-9222, "Knucklehead", 341st BS (originally 50 Recon in HI), 11th BG, Pacific Theater near Guadalcanal, returned to US. I have one old photo of the first crew, which my grandfather served as lower/ball turret gunner, Pilot was Wessman. It would be great if we could compare notes. Stan.
     
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    This is an old thread posted in 2009. I'm not sure if Mortain44 is still around here.
     
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    This is an old thread posted in 2009. I'm not sure if Mortain44 is still around here. Please , try to send him an e-mail via the site rather.
     
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    RS ... I'll send an email, but back when I researched, I didn't find anything of substance, and have no info myself. I believe that my Uncle Freddie may have have caught a ride back home from the Phillipines on the plane (is it called "deadheading" if you're not a pilot?). He was an ordnance/motorcycle mechanic in the Army and flew from the Phillipines to the West Coast on his trip home. He was a Harley-Davidson mechanic, racer and trick rider before and after the war, and apparently he remembered the name since the first Harley Overhead Valve motorcycle from Harley was nicknamed the Knucklehead. I have a 1940 Knucklehead and am interested in using the B-17s nose art (if any) on the motorcycle's tanks as a tribute (and maybe have the nose art or air plane painted on the back of a bomber jacket. Anyway, I'm sorry I can't help more with history for your dad. My dad and his 4 brothers all served in WWII and getting info is becoming very difficult, especially since many of the ARMY records from the time were destroyed in a fire. I'll email separately, but also wanted to let you know that the photo I saw on ebay some 4 years ago may have had names of the pictured crew as well.
     
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    I have a picture of that plane, knucklehead. Text contact me and we can make arrangements

    The picture I have is the plane & flight crew. My grandmother's brother was the tail gunner. Not sure this was his assigned plane or his training plane & crew as he was in Europe and lost his life in a crash over the White Cliffs (12/25/43). Maybe we can figure something out.
     
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