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Built by Consolidated at San Diego between October 19, 1943 to October 25, 1943. Constructors Number 3055. October 28, 193 first test flight. On October 29, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-50-CO Liberator serial number 42-73485. On November 1, 1943 flown to Tucson modification center. On November 13, 1943 to Fairfield Airfield. On November 29, 1943 ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific. On December 2, 1943 arrived at Townsville.
Assigned to the 380th Bombardment Group, 529th Bombardment Squadron at Long Airfield. Nicknamed "Lucky Don" with the nose art of a stork carrying a white blanket with a baby inside. On the right side of the nose was a scoreboard of bomb markings indicating missions flown. In total, this bomber flew 55 combat missions. Assigned to crew chief MSgt Carl L. Yohn.
On January 31, 1944 took off from from Long Airfield on its first combat mission FEN IV-20 against Japanese shipping in the Ceram Sea.
On April 7, 1945 during take off from Murtha Airfield on Mindoro Island on mission 97-E2 against Toyohara Airfield on Formosa and crashed on take off killing the crew of eleven.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-50-CO Liberator 42-73485
380th BG - B-24D "Lucky Don" 42-73485
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