Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 747. Delivered to the U. S. Army on September 20, 1942 as B-24D-13-CO Liberator serial number 41-23952. Flown to Fort Worth, Texas on September 25, 1942. Next to Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) on October 7, 1942 then to Hamilton Field on October 14, 1942 and then flown to Hickam Field on October 17, 1942.
Possibly, this B-24 was assigned to the 307th Bombardment Group in Hawaii until assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron sometime after May 1943 and ferried across the Pacific Ocean to "Copper".
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. This B-24 was painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces with dark green tiger stripes on both tails. Nicknamed "The Gremlin" and "Sexy Sue II Mother of Ten".
Each side of the nose had different nicknames and nose art. On the left side of the nose was the nickname "The Gremlin" with the nose art of a gremlin holding a bomb in one hand. On the right side of the nose was the nickname "Sexy Sue II Mother of Ten" with the nose art of a nude woman reclining on the right side of the nose. Both sides of the nose had "852" (last three digits of the serial number) painted in white. Below the left side of the cockpit was a scoreboard with bomb markings indicating bombing missions flown.
On December 18, 1943 took off piloted by Lt. Lewis E. Cartwright on a bombing mission against Mille Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Returning, this B-24 crash landed at Makin Airfield on Makin Island (Butaritari). During the landing, the left main landing gear wheel hit an oil drum that tore it off causing the left side of the plane to hit the ground and sustain damage.
After the crash, this aircraft was stripped for usable parts. Afterwards, the rest of the aircraft was abandoned. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24D 41-23952
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-13-CO Liberator 41-23952
Thanks to Bob Livingston and Pete Johnson for additional information
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January 31, 2018