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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-83559

B-17 Flying Fortress 44-83559

Serial #: 44-83559
Construction #:
  32200 (-DL)
Civil Registration:
  None
Model:
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  DB-17G Flying Fortress
  DB-17P Flying Fortress
Name: King Bee
Status: Displayed
Last info: 2011

History:
Manufactured by Douglas at Long Beach, CA, 1945.
Delivered to USAAF as 44-83559.
- BOC: April 5, 1945
- SOC: May 1958
- Assigned o Topeka, Kansas, Air Transport Command (ATC), April 6, 1945
- Transferred to 4100th Army Air Force Base Unit (AAFBU), (ATC),
  Patterson Field, OH, April 8, 1945
- Declared excess to USAAF needs, October 15, 1945
- Returned to military use, November 7, 1945
- Transferred to 4168th AAFBU (TAC), Lubbock, TX, November 11, 1945
- Transferred to 4141st AAFBU Air Material Command (AMC), Pyote, TX, June 16, 1945
- Transferred to 2753rd Aircraft Storage Squadron (AMC), Pyote, TX, February 17, 1950
- Transferred to Olmstead Field (AMC), Middletown Depot, PA for modification to
  become a DB-17 aircraft, March 7, 1950
- Transferred to 3200rd Drone Squadron, Air Proving Grounds (APG),
  Eglin AFB, FL, June 22, 1950
- Transferred to Eniwetok Atoll, 3200th Drone Squadron (APG),
  Marshall Island Group, Pacific, February 28, 1951
- Transferred to 3200th Drone Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL May 31, 1951
- Transferred to 3205th Drone Squadron (APG), Holloman AFB, NM, October 13, 1952
- Transferred to 3205th Drone Squadron (APG), Eglin AFB, FL, October 16, 1952
- Transferred to 3310th Technical Training Wing (APG), Scott AFB, IL, July 8, 1953
- Transferred to 3205th Drone Group (APG), Eglin AFB, FL, July 26, 1953
- Transferred to 3205th Drone Group (APG), Holloman AFB, NM, September 10, 1953
- Dropped from USAF inventory, issued as a museum piece, Patrick AFB, FL, May 1958
USAFM, Offutt AFB, NE, May 1959-1998.
Strategic Air & Space Museum, Offutt AFB, NE, May 1959-2011
- Displayed as 23474/EP-B/King Bee.
The Air Force relegated S/N 44-83559 to the Strategic Air & Space Museum at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The Fortress was flown to the Museum in May 1959 and has been on continuous display ever since.
Source(s):
www.joebaugher.com
Strategic Air & Space Museum
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Chuck Gardner

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