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  B-24D-50-CO "Dinky" Serial Number 42-40325  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS


90th BG August 9, 1943


90th BG c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 2813. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-50-CO Liberator serial number 42-40325. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 90th Bombardment Group (90th BG), 320th Bombardment Squadron (320th BS). Nicknamed "Dinky" in block letters with the nose art of a female wearing underwear seated on a bed sheet. Later, the nickname had quotes added around it. On the left side of the nose was a scoreboard with bombs indicating missions flown. The upper row had one long row of 50 bomb marks. The lower row had four bomb markings. This bomber flew at least 54 missions. This B-24 operated from 5-Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby flying bombing missions over New Guinea.

Robert Livingstone adds:
"This B-24 was one of two precursor/prototype aircraft in the 90th with the under-nose yagi as well as the "FUC" (Found Under Clothes) aerials under the cockpit as seen on most subsequent 5th Air Force and 13th Air Force B-24s. Also had rear fuselage side arrays. The other aircraft was B-24D "Yanks From Hell" 41-23716."

On August 9, 1943 flew a bombing mission against Kela near Salamaua.

On June 4, 1945 this B-24 suffered an accident and was condemned. Afterwards, written off. Ultimate fate unknown and likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-20-CO Liberator 42-40325
"40325 (90th BG, 320th BS) condemned in accident Jun 4, 1945."
Thanks to Robert Livingstone for additional information

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October 23, 2019

 

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