Built by Douglas in Tulsa, Oklahoma during September 1943 under contract AC-28716. Constructors Number 17371. On September 14, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-24B-10-DT Dauntless serial number 42-54532. Afterwards, flown to Oakland, California, then to Long Beach, California and was disassembled and shipped overseas to Hawaii and reassembled at Hickam Field at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD).
On October 7, 1943 assigned to the 7th Air Force to the 420th Sub Depot (Pacific) maintenance facility. It is unclear if this aircraft was flown in combat or a non-combat role. Possibly, this aircraft was flown from Hickam Field via Canton Airfield then to Makin Airfield and may have been assigned to either the 531st Fighter Bomber Squadron (531st FBS) or 86th Combat Mapping Squadron (86th CMS) which operated the A-24.
Officially, this aircraft was written off as condemned on July 31, 1944 as missing. This write off date might have been administrative with the plane lost sometime prior to that date.
This A-24 serial number is often confused with SBD-5 Dauntless 54532 owned by Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
Individual Aircraft Reference Card (IARC) A-24B Banshee serial number 42-54532
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-24B-10-DT Dauntless 42-54532
"54532 (MSN 17371) to Mexican AF, then to Compania Mexicana Aerophoto SA as XB-QUC. By Jul 1964 was with Tallmantz Collection of Orange County, CA. In 1965 was with Air Museum, Ontario, CA. Registered 1960 to R. L. Griffin of San Antonio, TX as N54532. Later operated by Confederate Air Force as N54532. Now registered N82GA" [sic, this postwar history relates to SBD-5 Dauntless 54532]
CAF Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless BuAer 54532 A-24 or SBD? [PDF] by Keith Wood
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October 23, 2019