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  B-24D-155-CO "Quack Wac" Serial Number 42-72775  
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
530th BS

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USAAF c1943

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Goh K. Loon 2008

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego during July 14-22, 1943. First flight July 24. Accepted by the US Army on July 26. Arrived at Tucson modification center on August 3, then to Topeka on August 15. On September 9, departed Fairfield, CA on a ferry flight via Hawaii overseas arriving at Garbutt Field near Townsville.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 530th Bombardment Squadron at Fenton Airfield. Nicknamed "Quack Wac" with the nose art of a Donald Duck character. Crew chief MSgt Malcolm D. Wilson with mechanics Edgar M. Peel, Jr. and Atlee R. Miller.

Next, a nose turret was added at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field.

On November 3, 1943 this B-24 flew a search mission for a aircrew flying over Kokas, Boela and Selaroe, also as a checkout flight for the crew's co-pilot.

On February 9, 1944 participated in a mission over Halong. Damaged over the target, this bomber returned to base but was written off and salvaged at Fenton Airfield. In total, this bomber flew a total of 28 missions.

Wreckage
Abandoned at Fenton Airfield. During the 1970s, the wreckage, including a piece of the nose with the "Quack Wac" nickname was salvaged and moved to the East Point Museum.

Damaged during Cyclone Tracy on December 25, 1974.

Today, a portion of the nose art from this bomber is displayed the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre.

References
Thanks to Australian Aviation Heritage Centre / Owen Veal and Bob Alford for additional information.
Under the Southern Cross pages 135-137, 166
380th BG - B-24D "Quack Wac" 42-72775
380th BG - B-24D "Quack Wac" 42-72775 mission record

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January 9, 2018

 

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