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  B-24D-20-CO Liberator Serial Number A72-10  
USAAF
5th AF
43rd BG
403rd BS

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43rd BG c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army with serial number 41-24127.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Rio Rita" with the nose art of a seated nude woman.

During June 1943, took off on a night bombing mission against Rabaul along with other B-24s and B-17s. The crew were pilot Captain Goudy, co-pilot, 1st Lt. Alton G. Boyd, bombardier 1st Lt Walter E. Buchanan, navigator 1st Lt. McMahon, engineer SSgt Harld B. Peterson, radio operator Sgt Cowan, tail gunner SSgt B. O. Yawn, gunner Cpl D. R. McNight, assistant radio-gunner B. E. Adam. Also aboard was Sydney Sun newspaper reporter Allan Dawes. Afterwards, Dawes wrote the article "Nightmare Trip In Blazing Bomber".

On May 22, 1944 transfered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Liberator A72-10. Assigned to 7 Operational Training Unit (7 OTU).

Postwar
During December 1952, this bomber was stricken from charge and scrapped sometime afterwards.

References
Sydney Sun "Nightmare Trip In Blazing Bomber" June 23, 1943
ADF Serials - Liberator A72-10
Thanks to Walter "Buck" Buchanan, Jr. for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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