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Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 865. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-15-CO Liberator 41-24070. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group (90th BG) "Jolly Rogers", 321st Bombardment Squadron (321st BS). Nicknamed "Miss Deed" in a cursive style with quotation marks around the name on both sides of the nose with the nose art of a nude woman on her back with one hand behind her head and the other arm downward. The artwork on each side was slightly different. Sometime later, the left side nickname was repainted in a different style. Below the cockpit on both sides of the nose was a scoreboard with at bomb markings indicating combat missions flown and aircraft silhouettes for aircraft claimed by the gunners.
On March 1, 1943 took off on a mission and was the first Allied aircraft to spot the Japanese convoy eight transports escorted by eight destroyers that departed from Rabaul bound for Lae that were targeted during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
On February 22, 1944 transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Liberator serial number A72-7. In Australian service, this bomber retained the "Miss Deed" nickname and nose art. Assigned to 7 Operational Training Unit (7 OTU) at Tocumwal Airfield. Later, became Instructional Airframe No. 3 used for training. On October 29, 1945 scrapped in Australia.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-155-CO Liberator 41-24070
"24070 named "Miss Deed" and found the Japanese fleet Mar 1, 1943 and started the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. To RAAF as A72-7 - converted to components and scrapped Oct 29, 1945"
ADF Serials - Liberator A72-7
Thanks to Pete Johnston and Tracy R. Young III for additional information
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