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

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Pilot  ?
MIA  April 21, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated as B-24J-150-CO. Converted to F-7B photographic reconnaissance Liberator. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South-West Pacific Area.

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 Indian head dress. Assigned to pilot Craig.

Wartime History
This aircraft flew 106 combat missions photographing enemy targets in New Guinea and the 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.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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