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Built by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation at San Diego. During 1941, delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24A Liberator serial number 40-2370. Assigned to Ferrying Command based at Bolling Field. Prewar, painted in neutrality markings with a large U.S. flag on both sides of the nose. Nicknamed "Arabian Knight" in cursive below the cockpit.
On March 2, 1942 took off from from Laverton Field near Melbourne piloted by Captain Paul Davis on a flight northward to Broome Airfield to transport arriving civilian evacuees from Java southward to Perth.
On March 3, 1942 parked at Broome Airfield fully fueled during the Japanese air raid against Broome. While parked on the runway, strafed by A6M2 Zeros of the 3rd Kōkūtai that set the bomber on fire after their first pass and soon afterwards exploded and was destroyed on the runway.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24A Liberator 40-2370
"2370 shot down by Zero on takeoff during Japanese attack on Broome, Australia Mar 3, 1942 and crashed into sea about 7 miles off Cable Beach."
The Greatest Battle page 159
Everyday A Nightmare (2010) pages 327-329
Oz@War - 3 March 1942 Japanese air raid on Broome incorrectly listed as "Arabian Nights" [sic Arabian Night] 40-2370
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