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  B-32-20-CF "Harriet's Chariot" Serial Number 42-108543  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated-Vultee at Fort Worth, Texas. Assigned to the US Army.

Wartime History
Ferried overseas to Clark Field. On August 12, 1945 one of four additional B-32s assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 386th Bombardment Squadron for combat tests. Nicknamed "Harriet's Chariot" with the nose art of a map of Indiana and the names of the fifteen crew painted on the left side of the nose.

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

On August 16, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield at 5:30am on a photographic mission over Tokyo. Over the coast of Japan, one of this bomber's engine's caught fire but safely returned to base.

On August 25, 195 took off from Yontan Airfield on another photographic mission over Tokyo. On the way to the target, this bomber and B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 aborted the mission due to mechanical problems and returned to base safely.

Postwar, flown back to the United States. Stored at Kingman Field and scrapped during late 1945 or 1946.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's includes this aircraft
Dominator pages 46, 49
Echoes of the Dominator pages 109, 112-113, 147

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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