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  B-24D-45-CO "Tailskid Tolly" Serial Number 42-40290  
5th AF

Former Assignments
43rd BG
403rd BS

90th BG
408th BS

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Buchanan May 1943

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Buchanan May 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Project number 96034-R. Delivered to the U. S. Army. On February 28, 1943 modified at the Tucson modification center. On March 18, 1943 flown to Topeak then on April 6, 1943 to Long Beach. On April 13, 1943 assigned to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA). During April 13-27, 1943 ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Tailskid Tolly" with a mule dragging its dirty rear end. The nose wheel had a pinwheel marking painted onto the wheel hub.

On March 1, 1944 assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron.

Afterwards, transfered to the 5th Bomber Replacement Center at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby as a replacement aircraft. On April 25, 1994 took off on an operational training unit (OTU) out of Port Moresby with crew member A. J. Esler.

On August 15, 1944 condemned to salvage effective October 2, 1944 and scrapped sometime afterwards.

Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-40290
A. J. Esler Logbook April 25, 1944 - OTU Port Moresby
Stat control daily list April 29, 1944 5th Bomber Replacement Center at 7 Mile Drome as ready, class 1
Thanks to Pete Johnson and Walter E. "Buck" Buchanan III for additional information

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October 23, 2019


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