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  B-24D-130-CO "Ready, Willing and Able" Serial Number 42-41078  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
319th BS

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90th BG c1943

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William N. Swain 1944

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90th BG c1944

Pilot ¬†?
Crashed  May 16, 1944
MACR  none

Mission History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia by pilot Robeck.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
On May 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.

Wreckage
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.

References
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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