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  B-24D-53-CO "Mission Belle" Serial Number 42-40389  
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

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90th BG c1943

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90th BG c1943

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90th BG April 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Flown overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Mission Belle", with the nose art of Hedy Lamar's character "Tondelayo" from the 1942 film White Cargo. Assigned to pilot Captain Lark E. "The Lark" Martin.

On October 18, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Part of a formation of B-24 Liberators from the 43rd Bomb Group, 90th Bomb Group and 380th Bomb Group.

The mission cost four bombers: B-24D "Sky Lady" 41-24043, B-24D "Ben Buzzard" 42-40670, B-24D 42-40885 and B-24D 41-41088.

Later, this B-24 was stripped to bare metal aluminum finish, keeping the nickname and nose art. On April 30, 1945 scrapped at Nadzab Airfield.

Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 36
Thanks to Pete Johnson for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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