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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.
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)
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