Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Flown overseas to Australia. Assigned to the 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Mission Belle", with the nose art of Hedy Lamar's character "Tondelayo" from the 1942 film White Cargo. Assigned to pilot Lark E. Martin.
Took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby on mission to bomb Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Part of a formation of B-24 Liberators from the 43rd, 90th and 380th Bombardment Groups.
The mission cost five Liberators,
this bomber plus B-24D "Mitsu Butcher" 41-24043, B-24D
42-40670, B-24D 42-40885, B-24D
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 36
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March 5, 2013