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  B-32-20-CF "The Lady is Fresh" Serial Number 42-108529  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

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312th BG July 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated-Vultee at Fort Worth, Texas during January 1945.

Wartime History
On May 12, 1945 Fort Worth Army Air Field on a flight with B-32 42-108532 bound for Mather Army Air Field. On May 16, 1945 departed Mather Army Air Field with #532 on a flight to Hickam Field but the bombers became lost flying 260 miles off course before landing safely. In Hawaii, this B-32 had an engine change and minor repairs performed. On May 23, 1945 departed with #532 for Guam then departed the next day for Clark Field arriving on May 24, 1945.

One of nine B-32s assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 386th Bombardment Squadron for combat tests. Nicknamed "The Lady is Fresh". Initially artwork of a seated blonde girl wearing a bikini was painted below the left side of the cockpit, but later repainted larger and below the top turret around July 1945.

This B-32's first combat mission was flown on May 29, 1945. Prior to takeoff, B-32 42-108528 aborted the mission. Took off from Clark Field at 10:30am piloted by Col. Paul armed with nine 1,000 lbs bombs with B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532. The pair, led by Col. Paul bomb troop concentrations at Antatet ahead of Filipino guerrillas. Both B-32s made separate bombing runs at noon from 10,000' damaging buildings, then returned to base at 13:05.

On May 31, 1945 transfered to Floridablanca Airfield where it operated until August 13, 1945 when flown northward to Yontan Airfield on Okinawa.

On June 11, 1945 this B-32 flew a practice bombing mission. A bomb fragment caused a hole in the left stabalizer that was not noticed until the next day after the mission.

On June 12, 1945 took off on a bombing mission against Basco Airfield. Over the target, each bomber made two passes bombing the runway from 15,500' and 16,000' and returned safely.

On August 28, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield leading a photographic mission over Tokyo with B-32 42-108578, B-32 42-108528 and B-32 42-108544 (crashed on takeoff). Weather was scattered cumulus nimbus .1 high and cirrus clouds .1 with an undercast at 1,200'. Over the target, only forty photos were taken, none over the assigned targets due to cloud cover.

Postwar
After the war, ferried overseas back to the United States arriving on October 16, 1945. Stored at Kingman Field and scrapped during late 1945 or 1946.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 201 (color photo), 307(photo) 306, 309, 315, 356
Dominator pages 24-25 (color artwork), 42, 43, 46 (photos)
Echoes of the Dominator pages 64-65, 128

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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