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  B-24J-25-CO "The Ruptured Duck!" Serial Number 42-73229  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
321st BS

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USAAF 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 2799. During July 1942, delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-25-CO Liberator serial number 42-73229.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 471st Bombardment Group (471st BG), 807th Bombardment Squadron (807th BS). Nose number 229 (last three digits of serial number). Nicknamed "The Ruptured Duck!" on the right side of the nose. This bomber remained in the United States for training of air crews.

Wartime History
On November 3, 1943 took off from Pueblo Field (Pueblo AAB) piloted by Charles J. Demmria [sic] on a training flight and crashed 4.7 miles southwest of Pueblo, CO killing the crew of ten on impact.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-25-CO Liberator 42-73229
November 1943 USAAF Stateside Accident Reports - B-24J 42-73229 pilot listed as Charles J. Demmria [sic]
Thanks to Pete Johnston for additional information

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October 23, 2019

 

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