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  B-32-20-CF Dominator Serial Number 42-108578  
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 13, 1945 the fifth additional B-32s assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 386th Bombardment Squadron for combat tests. No known nickname or nose art. The tail of this aircraft had the 386th Bombardment Squadron's club marking painted on the tail.

On August 17, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield at 6:55 along with B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 and an F7B Liberator on a mission to photograph the Tokyo area from Chiba to Kido and Higurashi to Iwabe. Although the war had ended, the bombers encountered anti-aircraft fire from Miyakawa Airfield and were intercepted by fourteen Japanese fighters over Chosi, including an A6M5 Zero piloted by Saburo Sakai. The fighters made ten firing passes singularly, without causing damage or pressing their attacks. Returned to base at 18:30. This was the last aerial combat between American and Japanese aircraft during World War II.

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 42-108544 (crashed on take off) and B-32 42-108528. Each bomber was flying with a bomb bay fuel tank for extra range.

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
J-Aircraft "Saburo Sakai's Last Battle"

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

Tech Information
B-32

 

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