Force Landed August 20, 1943
Assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron and assigned to pilot Bill Martin who nicknamed it "Joltin Janie II" after his wife and prior aircraft, B-24D "Joltin Janie" 42-40065. The nose art included the name and a bunny rabbit on both sides of the nose.
On August 20, 1943 took off from Horanda
Airfield (Horanda 4Y) near Dobodura on a mission against Boram Airfield near Wewak. Damaged and five wounded, this B-24 returned with its hydraulics shot out and no brakes and went over the edge of the runway and landed in a stream bed at Horanda
Airfield (Horanda 4Y).
Jack Heyn adds:
"I was a photographer / lab tech with Hq. Sq. 3rd BG. We shared bases in the S. W. Pacific with the 90th BG. in the fall of '43, at Dobodura. 'Joltin Janie II' returned from a mission with its hydraulics shot out, no brakes and wound up in the ditch. According to the notes in my sometimes kept diary, there were no serious injuries involved. Not being a member of the 90th BG, the M. P.s ran me off, but I did get three photos of the crash. I took them with my personal Kodak Monitor 620 camera circa 1940 (a state of the arts camera in those days) They were a part of my personal collection, and nobody ever saw them until I started posting photos on the internet in 1999."
The wing center section and portion of the fuselage are located
at the edge of a stream, partially submerged in the mud.
David Pennefather adds:
"Back in the 1980's there was not much of it left and I never went and made a close inspection. As I recall it is just down past 'Frank's' place, in the river bed."
Justin Taylan adds:
"From wartime photos, it appears that sometime after this crash landing, the outer wings, engines and tail section were removed. Probably, all internal equipment also. The rest of the wreckage - the wing center section and center of the fuselage remained.
Legacy of the 90th Bomb Group page 74
Note, other sources list this B-24 as written off on August 26, 1943
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February 4, 2018