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  B-24J-15-CO "Salvo" Serial Number 42-73122  
USAAF
13th AF
90th BG
320th BS

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Paul Seamon 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Accepted to by the US Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90h Bombardment Group, 320th Bombardment Squadron. Tail number 122. Nicknamed "Salvo". Nose art was painted on the left side of the nose, an eagle with Tojo in one claw and Hitler in the other above a cloud with a basket with "Salvo" painted below the artwork. The nose was adorned with the squadron's "Moby Dick" motif. Both tails were painted red with the bomb group's "skull and crossed bombs" markings painted in white.

This B-24 operated over New Guinea and the Philippines. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Liberator Club’s Briefing Magazine letter by Paul S. Seamon (photo)
"In 1944, off the coast of New Guinea I snapped four pictures of this B-24 with a K-20 camera. I think the number is #122 with picture of an American Eagle with Tojo in one talon and Hitler in the other with the name Salvo printed underneath. I took these pictures from a C-47 of 433rd Troop Carrier Group. Being an aerial photographer I have flown many missions with the 90th Bombardment Group even though I was assigned for the 67th Squadron of the 433rd Troop Carrier Group. Just one of the many odd stories of World War II."
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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January 9, 2018

 

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