Built by Consolidated at San Diego during 1941. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24A Liberator serial number 40-2370. Assigned to Ferrying Command based at Bolling Field. Prewar, painted in neutrality markings with a large U. S. flag on the side of the nose. Nicknamed "Arabian Knight" painted in cursive below the cockpit.
On March 2, 1942 took off from from Melbourne piloted by Captain Paul Davis and landed at Broome Airfield to transport arriving civilian evacuees from Java southward to Perth.
On March 3, 1942 during the Japanese air raid against Broome
Airfield A6M2 Zeros of the 3rd Kōkūtai set this bomber on fire during their first strafing pass and soon afterwards the fully fueled bomber exploded and was destroyed on the runway.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24A Liberator 40-2370
"2370 shot down by Zero on takeoff during Japanese attack on Broome, Australia Mar 3, 1942 and crashed into sea about 7 miles off Cable Beach."
The Greatest Battle page 159
Everyday A Nightmare page 327-329
Oz@War - 3 March 1942 Japanese air raid on Broome incorrectly listed as "Arabian Nights" 40-2370
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June 25, 2018