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  F-7A Liberator Serial Number 42-73042  
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. At the factory completed with an aluminum finish. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-5-CO Liberator serial number 42-73049 and converted to F-7A photographic reconnaissance Liberator. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 20th Combat Mapping Squadron (20th CMS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" took off piloted by Harms on a photographic reconnaissance mission. Returning, encountered a severe weather front and force landed at Saidor Airfield. Afterwards written off.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-5-CO Liberator 42-73042
"73042 (20th PRS, 6th PRG) crashed during landing at Saidor Apr 16, 1944"
Black Sunday (2000) by Michael Claringbould

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Last Updated
February 24, 2020


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