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  B-24D-5-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-23824  
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

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90th BG c1942

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Ruff January 17, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. This bomber operated from Iron Range Airfield in Queensland, Australia.

On November 15, 1942, took off from Iron Range Airfield on a bombing mission against Buin. Returning, this B-24 force landed on Qintel Beach (near Iron Range), but was repaired and returned to flying combat missions.

On January 5, 1943 took off from Iron Range Airfield on a daylight bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Rabaul. Over the target, damaged by enemy fighters, knocking out one engine and causing the bomber to instead land at Turnbull Airfield near Milne Bay to avoid having to climb over the Owen Stanley Mountains. Afterward, this B-24 remained parked at the airfield awaiting repair.

On January 17, 1943 parked at Turnbull Airfield and was destroyed on the ground during a Japanese air raid. The entire aircraft burned, leaving only the tail portion intact.

This aircraft was possibly nicknamed "Ring Dang Doo"
Thank to Steve Birdsall and Richard Dunn for additional information
The Lae Convoy by Richard Dunn

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October 23, 2019


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