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Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Purchased under funds F-1, order number W535-AC-24620 at a cost of $297,627.00. On January 29, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-40-CO Liberator serial number 42-40253.
On February 1, 1943 flown to Tucson, AZ for radio research. On February 7 1943 to Long Beach, CA to the 6th Ferry Group. On February 8, 1943 to the modification center at St. Paul, MN. On February 22, 1943 to Topeka, KS to the Oklahoma Air Depot (OAD). On March 17, 1943 assigned project number 96017-R. Ferried oversea via Hawaii then across the Pacific to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF). Nicknamed "Go Gettin' Gal" painted in black and with the nose art of a woman in U. S. Army uniform wearing a mini skirt on both sides of the nose. The tail rudders were painted with red and white stripes. This Liberator had a greenhouse nose and was stripped to an aluminum finish.
On March 17, 1943 assigned to "OBEY" until May 24, 1943. On April 30, 1944 assigned to "YELP" until September 13, 1944.
During 1944, took off piloted by Earl R. McKinney and force landed wheels up at Penrhyn Airfield (Robinson Field) on Penrhyn Island. Damaged and officially condemned on October 31, 1944.
After the crash, a rectangular section of skin was removed from the nose with faded nickname "Go Gettin' Gal". After being stripped for usable parts, the bomber was cut into pieces and scrapped. Today, a portion of the fuselage including the waist section and several of the engines remain at Penrhyn Airfield.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-40-CO Liberator 42-40253
"40253 condemned Oct 31, 1944"
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24D 42-40253
FindAGrave - McKinney (grave photo)
February 1946 USAF Accident Reports - RB-24D 42-40253 listed crashed February 21, 1946 [sic 1944] Robinson (Penrhyn)
Thanks to Pat Tasker and Pete Johnston for additional information
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