|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert F. Faires
Force Landed June
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
During April 1945, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Squadron. No know nose art or nickname. On April 6, 1945 this bomber flew a first combat mission and in total flew 48 combat missions before force landing.
25, 1945 took off from Guiuan Airfield on Samar Island on a bombing mission against Mandai Airfield on Borneo. Over the target, this B-24 was attacked by three Ki-43 Oscars. This B-24's gunners claimed two shot down but the bomber's main wheel was punctured and the crew deliberately shot out the other main wheel prior to force landed at Pitu Airfield on Morotai.
Afterwards, this bomber was transfered to a service squadron for repair. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared. During May 1946, officially written off.
Revenge of the Red Raiders pages 431, 494, 536
Thanks to Cy Klimesh for additional information
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February 4, 2018