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  B-24J-50-CO "Lucky Don" Serial Number 42-73485  
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
529th BS




380th BG c1944
Pilot  2nd Lt. Burton R Langer (KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Richard H Feltman (KIA, BR)
Navigator  Flt. Off. Franklin S Wescott (KIA, BR)
Bombardier  Flt. Off. Harold B Jette, Jr, (KIA, BR)
Radio  Sgt. Raymond A Leyerle (KIA, BR)
Engineer  Sgt. Albert A Pfister (KIA, BR)
Gunner  Cpl. Joseph H Stach (KIA, BR)
Gunner  Cpl. William F Tinkham (KIA, BR)
Gunner  Cpl. Lars N Wagensteen (KIA, BR)
Photographer-Gunner  Sgt. Walton S Potter (KIA, BR)
Crashed  April 7, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego between October 19, 1943 to October 25, 1943. Constructors Number 3055. October 28, 193 first test flight. On October 29, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-50-CO Liberator serial number 42-73485. On November 1, 1943 flown to Tucson, AZ to the modification center. On November 13, 1943 to Fairfield Airfield. On November 29, 1943 ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific before arriving at Garbutt Field on December 2, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 380th Bombardment Group (380th BG), 529th Bombardment Squadron (529th BS) at Long Airfield. Nicknamed "Lucky Don" with the nose art of a stork carrying a white blanket with a baby inside. On the right side of the nose was a scoreboard of bomb markings indicating missions flown. In total, this bomber flew 55 combat missions. Assigned to crew chief MSgt Carl L. Yohn.

On January 31, 1944 took off from from Long Airfield on its first combat mission FEN IV-20 against Japanese shipping in the Ceram Sea.

Mission History
On April 7, 1945 tok off from Murtha Airfield on Mindoro Island piloted by 2nd Lt. Burton R Langer on mission 97-E2 against Toyohara Airfield on Formosa. During take off, the landing gear retracted early causing this bomber to skid across the runway then crash and explode killing the entire crew.

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USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-50-CO Liberator 42-73485
380th BG - B-24D "Lucky Don" 42-73485

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April 5, 2020

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