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  B-24D-130-CO "Bunny Hop/Flying Wolf" Serial Number 42-41091  
5th AF
43rd BG
403rd BS

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Stuckey January 7, 1944

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David Gillis 1969

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Richard Leahy 1989

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Justin Taylan 2004
Pilot  1st Lt Dewitt P. Johnson
Force Landed  December 23, 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, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Bunny Hop" and later "Flying Wolf". The upper corners of both tails were painted white.

Mission History
On December 23, 1943 took off from Horanda Airfield near Dobodura on an armed reconnaissance over Wewak. Over the target, this B-24 attacked a freighter off But and was intercepted by two Japanese fighters that shot out the hydraulics, injured two of the crew and caused other damage. It was unable to return to base and instead force landed at Faita Airfield. Without hydraulics, the B-24 skidded to rest with the nose wheel collapsed or sunken into the runway and the tail pointed skyward.

During the war, it was stripped of usable equipment and later the fuselage cut into two pieces. The rest of the wreckage remained in situ until the late 1990s.

In the late 1990s the wings of were recovered by the B-24 Liberator Restoration Fund and used in their restoration of B-24M Liberator A72-176 at Werribee Airfield.

Justin Taylan adds:
"I visited this wreck in August 2004, it did not look much like an airplane anymore.  The tail and wings were removed, and the waist section was cut into two pieces - top and bottom halves and remain.  The cockpit section remains, but had been gutted either during the war or by the recovery team."

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41091

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February 18, 2020


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