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  B-24D-30-CO "Scootin' Thunder" Serial Number 42-40100  
13th AF
5th BG
31st BS

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Oscar Fitzhenry c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 1137. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-30-CO Liberator serial number 42-40100. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 5th Bombardment Group, 394th Bomb Squadron. Nicknamed "Scootin' Thunder" with the nose art of a lightning bolt atop a globe on both sides of the nose. On the right side of the nose were bomb markings indicating missions flown. Assigned to pilot Oscar G. Fitzhenry and co-pilot Lt. Robert Houser. Later, assigned to the 72nd Bombardment Squadron.

This B-24 flew combat missions in the South Pacific during 1943 and 1944. Afterwards flown back to the United States. On October 1, 1945 at RFC Altus, OK and likely scrapped sometime afterwards.

Beth Houser (daughter of Robert Houser)

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-30-CO Liberator 42-40100
"40100 to RFC Altus Oct 1, 1945"
Scootin' Thunder (2006) by Beth Houser details this aircraft
Scootin' Thunder Lecture at Long Beach Yacht Club by Beth Houser September 14, 2010
Courage Before Every Danger Honor Honor Before All Men (2010) by Joanne Pfannenstiel Emerick page 200 (photo of Fallin crew including Palmer with B-24D Scootin' Thunder 42-40100)
Thanks to Oscar C. Fitzhenry and Beth Houser for additional information

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October 23, 2019


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