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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-6393

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Serial #: 44-6393
Construction #:
  22616 (-DL)
Civil Registration:
  CP-627
  CP-891
Model:
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  CB-17G Flying Fortress
  VB-17G Flying Fortress
Name: Return To Glory
Status: Display
Last info: 2013

History:
Delivered to USAAF, July 20, 1944.
- Allocated to 15th Air Force, Italy, August 1944.
- Used by General Ira Eaker - Spent 10 months in combat.
- Spent next 11 years as VIP aircraft (partial assignment list below).
-- Served with 4112th Base Unit at Olmstead, FL.
-- Served with 16th Air Depot, Bolling Field, Washington, DC.
-- Served with 18th Maintenance & Supply Group, Clark AFB, Philipines.
-- Served with 1130th Special Activities Group, Nanking, China.
Government Of Bolivia, June 1956.
- Delivered from Davis-Monthan AFB stocks.
- Civil conversion by Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, AZ.
Lloyd Aero Boliviano (LAB), La Paz, January 1957.
- Registered as CP-627.
- Crashed La Paz-El Alto, August 27, 1968.
- Rebuilt using parts of CP-580/43-38322.
Frigorifico Reyes, La Paz, September 1969-1980.
- Registered as CP-891.
USAF Museum, March AFB, CA, January 10, 1981-2013.
- Delivered from La Paz.
- Originally displayed as 230092/2nd Patches.
- Restored, June 1997-June 1998.
- Displayed as 46393/Second Patches.
- Restored and repainted as Y-1/Return To Glory, 1999.

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.
Flypast Magazine No. 198, January 1998.
Photo Source(s):
Unknown.
FP - Dave Allport.
Michael Baldock

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