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  B-24D-145-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-41217  
5th AF
43rd BG
65th BS

Pilot  Lt. Albert A. Turner (survived)
 Lt. Warren Lanz (survived)
Lt. Ludlow Miller (survived)
 Travis Gibertson (survived)
 John Bartell (survived)
 Fred A. Taylor, Jr. (survived)
Asst. Radio
 Paul L. Meyers (survived)
Nose Gunner  
Lee W. McGown
Ditched  October 28, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego a cost of $297,627. Delivered to the US Army on July 17, 1943. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving on September 28, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On October 28, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on reconnaissance mission over the Solomon Sea, passing over the New Britain coastline and bombing Gasmata. Returning, this B-24 ran into bad weather over the Owen Stanley Mountains and instead diverted towards Milne Bay.  The same bad weather made a landing impossible, so this B-24 turned westward bound for Port Moresby, but ran out of fuel and ditched into Mullins Harbor

All the crew survived and deployed the life rafts and were assisted ashore by native people. The next day, a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina arrived and rescued the entire crew.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41217

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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