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  B-24D-5-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-23764  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
321st BS

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Bruce Hoy 1973

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army during July 1942. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

At some point, the left tail fin of this aircraft was used as a replacement fin aboard B-24D "Big Emma" 41-23751.

References
The serial number of this aircraft is sometimes confused with B-24D Liberator 41-23751 in published sources
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 41-23764
Bruce Hoy adds:
"Claringbould's books, Forty of the Fifth and The Forgotten Fifth gives two identities for "Big Emma". The first book lists 41-23751 and the second 41-23764.  Peter Dunn's website makes reference to a combat diary which quotes Iverson as the pilot for 41-23751 with the nickname “Big Emma”, although the two pages of a diary that was pictured on the webpage do not give a corresponding nickname in the same manner that several other B-24s have had their nicknames mentioned, B-24D "Pudgy" 41-23830 and B-24D "Patches" 41-23673 although when these names were added and who actually added these names is unknown.  Other pages in that diary may mention 41-23751 as being "Big Emma". Neither of the published histories, John Alcorn’s The Jolly Rogers or Wiley Woods Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group quote the serial number of "Big Emma", although Wiley in a letter to me mentions both the serial number and nickname."
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15575 does not list the bomber's serial number and was created retroactively
Forty of the Fifth page 58 - 62 [ sample chapter ] lists B-24 "Big Emma" serial number as 41-23751 incorrectly
The Forgotten Fifth lists B-24D "Big Emma" serial number as 41-23764
The Jolly Rogers mentions this aircraft, does not quote serial number
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group mentions this aircraft, does not quote serial number
Thanks to Bruce Hoy and John Douglas for additional information
Oz@War - 16 November 1942 crash of a B-24 Liberator at iron Range 4 aircraft destroyed 11 men killed

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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