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  F-7B "Cherokee Strip" Serial Number 44-40198  
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

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20th CMS 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated as B-24J-150-CO. This Liberator had an unpainted aluminum finish. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-150-CO Liberator serial number 44-40198. Converted to F-7B photographic reconnaissance version. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (PRG), 20th Combat Mapping Squadron (CMS). Nicknamed "Cherokee Strip" with the nose art of a woman wearing an American Indian headdress on the right side of the nose. Assigned to pilot Craig. This Liberator flew at least 106 combat missions photographing locations in New Guinea, Dutch East Indies and the southern Philippines.

Mission History
On April 21, 1945 took off from McGuire Airfield (San Jose) on Mindoro Island on a test flight. During the flight, the engine caught fire and the bomber crashed into the sea northwest of San Theresa village on Mindoro.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-150-CO Liberator 44-40198
"40198 crashed into test flight over water NW of San Theresa Village, Mindoro Apr 21, 1945 when engine caught fire."

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Last Updated
January 16, 2019


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