Airfix Boeing B-17E Conversion “THE BLUE GOOSE” in 1/72 Scale
B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2616 THE BLUE GOOSE is somewhat enigmatic due to there being no known photographs of her. What is known is that the USAAF requisitioned her from an RAF order and that she was given a unique paint job at the Hawaiian Air Depot.
From Fortress Against the Sun, pg 218:
“Interestingly, Waskowitz’ plane, the Blue Goose, was actually painted a bright, light blue. Perhaps as a test for a new camouflage scheme, B-17E 41-2616 had been given a coat, top to bottom, of Light Glossy Blue Duco paint at the Hawaiian Air Depot. With its highly unusual color, the B-17 and its crew were soon known to everybody.”
Unfortunately the exact shade is not recorded. I have included a Duco automotive color chart below, perhaps the paint is one of the blues on this card. My color is a mix of Mr. Color 34 with Mr. Color 115 (RLM 65) in a 2 to 1 ratio.
The BLUE GOOSE served with the 11th Bomb Group. She was lost off Bougainville on 29SEP42, shot down by antiaircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. None of her crew survived.
The model is back-dated from the Airfix B-17G kit. Markings are from Starfighter Decals #72-162 “Fortress of the Skies Part 3: E Models”. The Blue Goose wears the full set of markings carried during the first months of the Pacific war. The red centers to the insignia and the rudder stripes would have been painted out by May 1942, assuming they were carried at all which is not a certainty. It does make for a striking scheme. The nose art was known to have been based upon the logo of the Blue Goose Produce Company, this is Mark’s best guess as to the possible appearance. Since there are no known photographs of this aircraft, the nose art decals could be used by modelers in larger scales and still work just fine.
For anyone interested, conversion work on the Airfix kit is described here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/?s=converting+airfix+b-17g
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