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  F-7A "Bourbon Boxcar" Serial Number 42-73048  
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

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20th CMS c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. At the factory, painted sky blue. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-5-CO Liberator serial number 42-73048. 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). Nicknamed "Bourbon Boxcar" with the nose art of a boxcar with a face on the front and wings with men riding on top and inside with the door open with crates of burbon inside overtop a cloud.

Later, this F-7 was stripped to an aluminum finish. This F-7A flew photographic reconnaissance missions over New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and Philippines. This F-7 was flown by Erickson on two missions.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-5-CO Liberator 42-73048
"73048 (20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photo Group) "Bourbon Boxcar")"

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February 24, 2020


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