Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 865. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-15-CO Liberator 41-24070. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Miss Deed" with the nose art of a reclining nude woman on both sides of the nose. Below the cockpit on both sides of the nose was a scoreboard with at bomb markings indicating combat missions flown and aircraft silhouettes for aircraft claimed.
On March 1, 1943 this bomber first spotted the Japanese convoy attacked during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
On February 22, 1944, transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Liberator A72-7. This bomber retained the nickname "Miss Deed" in Australian service and was assinged to 7 Operational Training Unit (7 OTU) and became Instructional Airframe No. 3 used for training. On October 29, 1945 this bomber was scrapped.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-155-CO Liberator 41-24070
"24070 named "Miss Deed" and found the Japanese fleet Mar 1, 1943 and started the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. To RAAF as A72-7 - converted to components and scrapped Oct 29, 1945"
ADF Serials - Liberator A72-7
Thanks to Pete Johnstone and Tracy R. Young III for additional information
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October 23, 2019