Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number ???? (four digits). Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D Liberator model and serial number unknown. Ferried overseas to Hickam Field and modified at Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) into a B-24D-1 adding a nose turret.
The wartime history of this B-24 is unknown. Nicknamed "Galloping Gus" (or “Gallopin’ Gus”) with the nose art of a horse snorting and kicking a Japanese soldier leaving a pair of horseshoe marks on his rear end. During January 1944, 1st Lt Howard T. Lurcott crew was photographed with B-24D "Galloping Gus" parked at an airfield.
Likely, this B-24 was assigned to the 7th Air Force, 30th Bombardment Group, 38th Bombardment Squadron. Possibly, this B-24 operated in the Central Pacific. Ultimate fate unknown.
Note, the nickname "Galloping Gus" has been incorrectly assoicated with
B-24J Liberator 42-72999 MIA January 21, 1944 piloted by 1st Lt Howard T. Lurcott the crashed into Tarawa Lagoon.
Consolidated Mess by Alan Griffith (2012) page 43
Thanks to Pete Johnston and Bob Livingstone for research and analysis
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October 23, 2019