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  F-7A "Photo Queen!" Serial Number 42-73049  
5th AF
6th PRG
20th CMS

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20th CMS c1944

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20th CMS c1945

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. 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). The right side of the nose had nose art painted by squadron artist Al G. Merkling that depicts a blonde woman taking a photograph with a large format portrait camera on a tripod with her dress pulled over the camera revealing her nude body. Her right hand is holding the cable release for the shutter.

Later, the nickname "Photo Queen!" is formed by small black & white photo prints and a black shadow was added behind the woman. Above the artwork was a scoreboard with small black camera silhouettes indicating missions flown with stars above the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th marks.

This F-7A flew a total of fourteen photographic reconnaissance missions over New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and Philippines. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-5-CO Liberator 42-73049

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February 24, 2020


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