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5th BG c1943
Crew George Chernowski
Force Landed March 1, 1944
Built by Consolidated at a cost of $297,627. Acquired by the U. S. Army under contract AC-26620. On July 21, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24D-150-CO Liberator serial number 42-41230. Next, flown to Tucson, AZ for modification, then to Lincoln, Nebraska. On August 23, 1943 departed on a ferry flight overseas.
Assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 31st Bombardment Squadron and nicknamed "Snow Job" with nose art depicting a Hawaiian girl doing hula dance under a palm tree. This B-24 flew at least 32 combat missions and claimed at least two fighters shot down. Later, assigned to the 23rd Bombardment Squadron.
On March 1, 1944 took off from Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield on southern Bougainville. The crew included George Chernowski. One of ten B-24s from the 5th BG, 23rd BS plus eleven B-24s from 5th BG, 31st BS. Over the target, this bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire and damaged. Returning, this B-24 made an emergency landing at Stirling Airfield on Stirling Island. At the time, the airfield was under construction, and afterwards the wreckage pushed off the side of the runway to clear it away. This B-24 was officially, condemned due to accident on May 24, 1945.
This B-24 was likely pushed off the cliff at the end of the runway at the end of the war, or may have also been scrapped before or after the war.
Bob Moll (nephew of crew member George Chernowski):
"I may be wrong but I think the B-24 my Uncle was in is the very same one the crew flew from the States to the South Pacific. My records indicate my Uncles Crew arrived in the South Pacific in 13th of September 1943.The Aircraft Record Card also establishes it was sent to the South Pacific in August 1943 which matches up with the arrival in Sept after multiple stops along the way. When I interviewed the Pilot and Co-pilot a number of years ago they never mentioned a plane by the name of (“SNOW JOB” ) nor did indicate they were flying a “borrowed” plane."
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-150-CO Liberator 42-41230
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) B-24D Liberator 42-41230
Thanks to Bob Moll for additional information
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