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  B-24J-155-CO "Buck Benny Rides Again" Serial Number 44-40340  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

Tech Information
USAAF c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors Number 4276. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-155-CO Liberator 44-40340. This bomber had a natural aluminum finish. Ferried overseas to Hawaii.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Buck Benny Rides Again" painted in light blue lettering with the nose art of a red car with a driver and passenger in the rear holding a bomb with the 90th Bomb Group skull and crossed bombs motif on the trunk with a licence plate that read "Jolly Rogers" with the exhaust backfiring over an island with the Japanese flag surrounded by three ripples. The tail rudders were painted with white and red stripes with a large "340" (last three digits of the serial number) at the tip of each tail with the 90th Bomb Group skull and crossed bombs motif.

During 1944, this B-24 operated from Dobodura, Nadzab and Biak. During 1944, when USO performers including Bob Hope and Frances Langford visited Hollandia, they were photographed with this bomber. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-155-CO Liberator 44-40340

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Last Updated
February 20, 2018

 

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