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  F-7A "The Rip Shorter" Serial Number 42-73047  
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

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20th CMS c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 2617. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-5-CO Liberator serial number 42-73047 and converted into the F-7A photographic reconnaissance version. 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). Assigned to pilot Brower. Nicknamed "The Rip Shorter" with the nose art of a woman with her dress caught on a barbed wire fence and with a snorting bull in the background.

During June 1945, this F-7A was written off at Biak. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-5-CO Liberator 42-73047
"73047/73050 converted to F-7A"

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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