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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-85738

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Serial #: 44-85738
Construction #:
  8647 (-VE)
Civil Registration:
  None
Model(s):
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  DB-17G Flying Fortress
  EDB-17G Flying Fortress
  DB-17G Flying Fortress
Name: Preston's Pride
Status: Display
Last info: 2012

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-85738.
- BOC: May 18, 1945.
- SOC: August 1958.
- Placed in storage, Syracuse, NY, 1945.
- Transferred to storage ar Garden City, KS, 1945.
- Assigned to Operation "Corssroads", February, 1946.
-- Used as drone controller for atomic tests, Summer, 1946.
- Assigned to the 509th Composite Group.
- Transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 19??
- Redesignated DB-17G on June 18, 1948.
- Redesignated EDB-17G on June 2, 1949.
- Assigned to Air Proving Grounds, Eglin AFB, FL, March 1950.
- Used as drone director at Eglin and at Roswell AFB, NM.
- Designated DB-17G on December 5, 1954.
- Withdrawn from use, August 1958.
AMVETS Chapter 56, Tulare, CA, August 4, 1958-2012.
- Displayed Perry's Coffe House, Tulare, CA, 1971-1981.
- Displayed AMVETS compound, Tulare, CA, 1981-1992
-- Damaged by truck running off highway (repaired), August 1982.
- Displayed as 0-85738/K.

Source(s):
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):
Tony Andrews.

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