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  DB-7B "Pegasus / Kon Marine / She's Apples" Serial Number  A28-9 Code DU-K
RAAF
22 Squadron

Former Assignments
NEIAF

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Clifford Grove c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 3823. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL891. At the factory, painted in RAF markings and camouflage. No known U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number was allocated.

This Boston was one of twenty-two Bostons from the RAF production that were instead allocated to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and over painted with the markings of the Kon Marine (Dutch Navy) and assigned NEIAF serial number 66. Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Netherlands East Indies. After the fall of Java while still in transit, diverted to Australia.

Wartime History
On March 29, 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DB-7B Boston Mark III serial number A28-9. On May 29, 1942 assigned to 22 Squadron with fuselage code "DU-K". Nicknamed "Pegasus / Kon Marine" with the nose art of a black Pegasus.

On April 12, 1942 this Boston took off piloted by F/Lt W. J. Meehan, 865 who suffered a landing accident at Laverton Field.

This A-20 was normally piloted by F/L Charles Cuthbertson Learmonth (DFC) who renamed this aircraft "She's Apples" with the nose art of a dog on the side of the nose.

While in Australian service, the nose bombardier position not used and painted over with four fixed .303 machine guns were installed for strafing. This aircraft was one of two Bostons field modified with two .303 machine guns in the tail, the other was DB-7B Boston A28-8.

On December 14, 1942 took off piloted by pilot F/O Wines with gunner Flt Sgt Clifford Grove on a bombing and strafing mission against the Mambare River.

In total, this aircraft flew 77 combat missions.

On February 22, 1945 officially written off. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-9

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

Tech Info
DB-7

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