B-17F 41-24578

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 41-24578
Name: OLD RELIABLE
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 547th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SO*U
Start Date: 7 October 1943. Transferred: received from the 305th BG.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 16 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 15 March 1944. Transferred: Sent to 1 BAD, Burtonwood.
Local Webpage:Original version of the page for this aircraft.
Photo Album: Photos of aircraft 41-24578

B-17F Aircraft 41-24578 Was Assigned To 25 Missions,
Receiving Combat Credit For 16 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
3320 October 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--30 October 1943Gelsenkirchen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
343 November 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
355 November 1943Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--11 November 1943Wesel, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
--30 November 1943Solingen, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseFlying Spare; Failed to contact wing
Sortie Report
391 December 1943Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Spare, Completed MissionFlying Spare; joined formation. Landed away at Manston.
Sortie Report
4213 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Returned EarlyLead group, high squadron deputy. Turned back ten minutes from target with bad supercharger on #2 engine.
Sortie Report
4316 December 1943Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Returned EarlyTurned back over the North Sea (43°46'N,6°55'E) at 1247 hrs; #4 engine leaking oil badly, #3 supercharger inoperative at 20,000 ft, #2 prop ran away (split oil line) and had to be feathered. Attacked target of opportunity.
Sortie Report
4624 December 1943Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
4730 December 1943Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
AbortedTurned back near Molesworth; #3 supercharger defective
Sortie Report
4831 December 1943Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Spare, Returned As Briefed Sortie Report
494 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
AbortedTurned back because of an oxygen system failure.
Sortie Report
505 January 1944Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
517 January 1944Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
5421 January 1944Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Pommereval, France
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--24 January 1944Frankfurt am Main, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseB Grp
Sortie Report
5529 January 1944Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Completed MissionLow group.
Sortie Report
5630 January 1944Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
AbortedLead group flying spare; turned back at Burnham due to #3 engine oil pressure dropping to 30 lbs and becoming erratic; cylinder head tempurature on #1 engine ran high with cowl flaps open.
Sortie Report
573 February 1944Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Completed MissionLead group.
Sortie Report
6320 February 1944Target: Junkers Aircraft Plant & Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Bernburg, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
6421 February 1944Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report
6522 February 1944Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Aschersleben, Germany
Completed MissionLanded away at Kimbolton, AAF Station 117, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
6624 February 1944Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
AbortedLead squadron, low group. Turned back because #2 supercharger ran away and engine began losing oil and smoking; could not be feathered.
Sortie Report
6725 February 1944Target: Ball Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Completed MissionHigh squadron, low group.
Sortie Report