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  B-24D-40-CO "Joltin' Janie II" Serial Number 42-40233  
5th AF
43rd BG
403rd BS

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Jack Heyn Aug 20, 1943

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USAAF1943 or 1944

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Justin Taylan 2000

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Justin Taylan 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 1310. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-30-CO Liberator serial number 42-40065. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific to Australia arriving around April 14, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron and assigned to pilot Bill Martin who nicknamed it "Joltin Janie II" (with a small roman numerals ii) named after his wife and prior aircraft, B-24D "Joltin Janie" 42-40065. The nose art included "Thumper" bunny rabbit from Walt Disney animated film Bambi (1942). Identical nickname and nose art were painted on both the left and right sides of the nose.

Mission History
On August 20, 1943 took off from Horanda Airfield (Horanda 4Y) near Dobodura on a mission against Boram Airfield near Wewak. Damaged with five wounded, this B-24 returned with the hydraulics shot out with no brakes and went over the edge of the runway and landed in a stream along the runway.

Jack Heyn adds:
"I was a photographer / lab tech with Hq. Sq. 3rd BG. We shared bases in the S. W. Pacific with the 90th BG. in the fall of '43, at Dobodura. 'Joltin Janie II' returned from a mission with its hydraulics shot out, no brakes and wound up in the ditch. According to the notes in my sometimes kept diary, there were no serious injuries involved. Not being a member of the 90th BG, the M. P.s ran me off, but I did get three photos of the crash. I took them with my personal Kodak Monitor 620 camera circa 1940 (a state of the arts camera in those days) They were a part of my personal collection, and nobody ever saw them until I started posting photos on the internet in 1999."

The wing center section and portion of the fuselage are located at the edge of a stream, partially submerged in the mud.

David Pennefather adds:
"Back in the 1980's there was not much of it left and I never went and made a close inspection. As I recall it is just down past 'Frank's' place, in the river bed."

Justin Taylan adds:
"From wartime photos, it appears that sometime after this crash landing, the outer wings, engines and tail section were removed. Probably, all internal equipment also. The rest of the wreckage - the wing center section and center of the fuselage remained.

Note, other sources list this B-24 as written off on August 26, 1943
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-40-CO Liberator 42-40233
"40233 (90th BG, 321st BS, *Joltin' Janie II*) in accident Aug 26, 1943"
Legacy of the 90th Bomb Group page 74
Thanks to Jack Heyn, David Pennefather and Justin Taylan for additional information

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March 25, 2020


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