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  F-7A "Photo Queen!" Serial Number 42-73049  
USAAF
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

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20th CMS c1944

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20th CMS c1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-5-CO Liberator serial number 42-73049. Converted to F-7A photographic reconnaissance Liberator with natural aluminum finish. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 20th Combat Mapping Squadron (20th CMS). This F-7 was stripped to natural aluminum finish. Adorned with the nose art nose art of a woman behind a large format camera holding a cable shutter release with her dress draped over the camera and revealing her nude body on the right side of the nose. Later, the nickname "Photo Queen!" was added atop the nose art formed by small photo prints and a shadow painted behind the figure. Later, a scoreboard with marks indicating missions flown was added to the left of the nose art.

This F-7A flew a total of fourteen photographic reconnaissance missions in New Guinea and the Philippines. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-5-CO Liberator 42-73049

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October 23, 2019

 

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