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|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert F. Faires
Force Landed June 25, 1945
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 6176. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24M-20-CO Liberator serial number 44-42240. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).
During April 1945, assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 22nd Bombardment Group (22nd BG), 2nd Bombardment Squadron (2nd BS). No know nose art or nickname. On April 6, 1945 this bomber flew a first combat mission and in total flew 48 combat missions before force landing.
On June 25, 1945 took off from Guiuan Airfield on Samar Island piloted by 1st Lt. Robert F. Faires on a bombing mission against Mandai Airfield on Borneo. Over the target, this B-24 was attacked by three Ki-43 Oscars. This B-24's gunners claimed two shot down but the bomber's main wheel was punctured and the crew deliberately shot out the other main wheel prior to force landed at Pitu Airfield on Morotai.
Afterwards, this bomber was transfered to a service squadron for repair. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared. During May 1946, officially written off.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24M-20-CO Liberator 44-42240
Revenge of the Red Raiders (2006) pages 431, 494, 536
Thanks to Cy Klimesh for additional information
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