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  B-24D-115-CO "On The Ball" Serial Number 42-40946  
5th AF
90th BG
319th BS

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90th BG c1943
Pilot  1st Lt. Marcy P. Kalman, O-735391 (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Francis A. McGlinnen, O-673606 (survived)
Crew  2nd Lt. Thomas G. Tracy, Jr., O-800970 (survived)
Crew  TSgt Richard J. Gross, 33232348 (survived)
Crew  SSgt James L. Newman, 37386144 (survived)
Crew  SSgt Douglas D. McCorquodale, 34259267 (survived)
Crew  SSgt Ernest H. DuPuy, 19097173 (survived)
Crew  SSgt Anthony Notte, 12135337 (survived)

Crashed  September 8, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group 319th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "On The Ball" with the nose art of a brunette girl wearing high heels seated atop a striped ball.

Mission History
Took off from 5-Mile (Ward's Drome) near Port Moresby and crashed after take off due to unknown reasons.

90th Bombardment Group Special Order - June 1943 with crew list
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator piloted by Kalman (does not note serial number)

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February 14, 2020


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