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  B-24D-105-CO "The Wicked Wench" Serial Number 42-40863 Nose 863
13th AF
307th BG
372nd BS

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USAAF c1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 1940. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-105-CO Liberator serial number 42-40863. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron. Nose number 863 (last three digits of the serial number) was painted in large digits on the left side of the nose.

Nicknamed "The Wicked Wench" on the left side of the nose with the nose art of a woman in her underwear and wearing high heels holding a telephone in her right hand to her ear. Below the pilot's window was a scoreboard with bombs indicating bombing missions (four rows: 20, 20, 3 and 13). Also, four Japanese rising sun flags indicating enemy aircraft claimed by gunners.

In total, this B-24 flew at least 56 combat missions in the South Pacific during 1943 and 1944. Ultimate fate unkown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-105-CO Liberator 42-40863
Thanks to Pete Johnston for additional information

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October 23, 2019


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