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  B-24D-7-CO "The Eager Beaver" Serial Number 41-23849  
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS

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90th BG c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 320th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "The Eager Beaver" with the group's "skull and crossed bombs" motif on the tail.

During 1943, this B-24 flew 77 combat missions in New Guinea and claimed at least three enemy fighters and three ships.

During late November 1943, this B-24 was flown back to the United States by pilot Charles P Whitlock. Crew members included T/Sgt Frank Matthews.

Hal Hevener adds:
"I flew B-24 "Star Duster" 41-23869 home, along with two other bombers: B-24D "The Eager Beaver" 41-23849 and B-24D "Mister Butcher" 41-24045. We arrived at Hamilton Field the end of November and discovered we weren't off the hook until we delivered all three planes to Hill Field, so we did, and no we did not fly under the Golden Gate Bridge, as it was worth your wings if you did!! But we were all singing 'California Here I Come' over the Command Channel, which probably made th flight controllers a little unhappy!"

In the United States, this B-24 was used during a war bond drive. On June 4, 1945 scrapped at Ontario, California.

Some sources incorrectly list this bomber's nickname as "Eager Beaver"
Thanks to Pete Johnson for additional information

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April 6, 2018


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