Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia by pilot Robeck.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 319th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Ready, Willing and Able" with the nose art of red headed woman seated with one hand on her hair, wearing a blouse. This bomber flew at least 59 bombing missions and claimed at least three fighters and a ship.
16, 1944 during take off from Nadzab Airfield this bomber blew out a tire and suffered damage to the undercarriage, but managed to get airborne. Damaged, the piloted salvoed the bombs and ordered the crew to bail out. The empty bomber continued to fly on auto-pilot. Several P-38 Lightings were ordered to shoot down the bomber, which they did, causing it to crash near Bupu village in the vicinity of Mumeng.
The wreckage was located in 1962. The tail was still painted blue with the skull and cross bomb marking of
the 90th Bombardment Group. Also the nickname was visible on the wreckage.
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 104, "Ready Willing and Able" incorrectly appears twice in the loss listing, confusing this aircraft with B-24D "Cold Steel" 42-41135
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January 5, 2018