Hi guys

I have contradicting accounts of this 'abandoned' B-17 being repaired at Andir (Java) and flown to Australia, sometime between 4-7 March 1942.

I have seen a press report that 41-2460 had been repaired under the supervision of T/Sgt Harry Hayes, who then flew it to Australia (although he had no pilot training), while civilian pilot Gerald Cherymisin acted as co-pilot (but didn't actually take over the controls). I have seen another account that suggests that Cherymisin flew it to Australia, while a third account says that Dutch pilot Lt Sibolt Kok was aboard as co-pilot!

Apparently Hayes received a Purple Heart (?) for his efforts.

Can one of our experts provide clarification?