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  B-32-20-CF Dominator Serial Number 42-108544  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

Pilot ┬áCaptain Barnes (KIA)
Crashed  August 28, 1945
MACR  none

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. No known nickname or nose art.

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 25, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield with B-32 42-108528 on a photographic mission over Tokyo. On the way to the target the two other bombers in the formation B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 and B-32 "Harriet's Chariot" 42-108543 aborted the mission due to mechanical problems. Over the target, there was no opposition and both bombers returned safely.

Mission History
On August 28, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield on a photographic mission over Tokyo to observe if the terms of surrender were being observed, and propellers removed from Japanese aircraft at Atsugi Airfield. The mission was led by B-32 "The Lady is Fresh" 42-108529 with B-32 42-108578 and B-32 42-108528. Each bomber was flying with a bomb bay fuel tank for extra range. During take off, this bomber lost an engine, skidded off the runway, exploded and burned killing the entire crew of thirteen in the crash.

References
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's mentions this loss
Dominator pages 42
Echoes of the Dominator pages 109, 113, 121-125, 129, 147

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-32

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