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  B-24J-15-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73127  
5th AF
380th BG
530th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego between September 2-13, 1943, first flight September 14, 1943. Constructors Number 2697. On September 15, 1943 delivered from the U. S. Army as B-24J-15-CO Liberator serial number 42-73127. On September 21, 1943 at Topeka, Kansas. On October 8, 1943 departed Fairfield Airfield flying via Hawaii across the Pacific to "Left" arriving October 14, 1943 at Garbutt Field at Townsville.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 530th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

On March 3, 1944 took off from Fenton Airfield on a bombing mission against Hollandia. This was the bomber's first combat mission, it was lost on its second mission.

On April 30, 1944 took off from Fenton Airfield piloted by Jay Black on a mission over Geelvink Bay. Over the target, this bomber was damaged. Returning from mission in the dark, this bomber force landed at Fenton Airfield, causing the right landing gear to collapse and the no. 3 and no. 4 engines to drag on the ground.

Afterwards, repaired but did not return to the squadron. Unclear if this bomber was repaired at Fenton Airfield or possibly flown to Garbutt Field for repair at the 4th Air Depot.

On December 9, 1944 this bomber was officially condemned. Ultimate fate unknown, possibly crashed, scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24D 42-73127
380th Bombardment Group Association - B-24J Liberator 42-73127 Data Sheet (photos)

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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