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  B-24A Liberator Serial Number 40-2373  
USAAF

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego during 1941. Constructors Number 25. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to Ferrying Command based at Bolling Field. Prewar, painted in neutrality markings with a large US flag on the side of the nose. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
One of two aircraft used to transport the "Harriman Mission" of American and British representatives to Moscow. President Roosevelt appointed Averell Harriman (Chairman, Union Pacific Railroad) to lead the group, that included press officer Quentin Reynolds. This B-24 departed the United States flying via the United Kingdom. Churchill appointed Lord Beaverbrook, who joined the flight, arriving at Moscow on September 28, 1941.

During the evening of  March 3, 1942 landed at Broome Airfield to deliver medical supplies and and doctors to treat the wounded from the Japanese air raid earlier in the day.

Loaded with evacuees, this bomber took off fully loaded with evacuees, but ran off the runway damaging the landing gear but without harm to anyone aboard. Although it could have been repaired, orders were issued to destroy the bomber, fearing an eminent Japanese landing.

References
Everyday A Nightmare page 330
The Greatest Battle, page 159
Oz@War - 3 March 1942 Japanese air raid on Broome

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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