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  B-32-20-CF "The Lady is Fresh" Serial Number 42-108529  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

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312th BG July 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated-Vultee at Fort Worth, Texas during January 1945. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-32-20-CF Dominator serial number 42-108529.

On May 12, 1945 took off from Fort Worth Army Air Field on a flight with B-32 42-108532 bound for Mather Army Air Field. On May 16, 1945 departed Mather Army Air Field with #532 on a flight to Hickam Field but the bombers became lost flying 260 miles off course before landing safely. At Hickam Field this B-32 had an engine changed and minor repairs made. On May 23, 1945 departed with #532 for Guam then the next day day departed for Clark Field arriving May 24, 1945.

Wartime History
One of nine B-32 Dominators assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 312th Bombardment Group (312th BG), 386th Bombardment Squadron (386th BS) for combat tests. Nicknamed "The Lady is Fresh" with the nose art of a blonde woman wearing a bikini seated below the left side of the cockpit. Later, by July 1945 this nose art was repainted with a larger figure below the top turret.

On May 29, 1945 at 10:30am took off from Clark Field piloted by Col. Paul armed with nine 1,000 pound bombs on leading the formation of three B-32s on the first combat mission of for the new bomber. Before take off, B-32 42-108528 aborted the mission leaving only two bombers to participate. This bomber plus B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 bombed troop concentrations at Antatet ahead of Filipino guerrillas. Over the target at noon, each B-32 made a separate bomb run from 10,000' damaging buildings, then returned to land safely at 1:05pm.

On May 31, 1945 transfered from Clark Field to nearby Floridablanca Airfield. On August 13, 1945 when flown northward operate from Yontan Airfield on Okinawa.

On June 11, 1945 this B-32 flew a practice bombing mission. A bomb fragment caused a hole in the left stabilizer that was not noticed until the next day after the mission.

On June 12, 1945 took off on a bombing mission against Basco Airfield. Over the target, each bomber made two passes bombing the runway from 15,500' and 16,000' and returned safely.

On August 28, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield leading a photographic mission over Tokyo with B-32 42-108578, B-32 42-108528 and B-32 42-108544 (crashed on takeoff). Weather was scattered cumulus nimbus .1 high and cirrus clouds .1 with an undercast at 1,200'. Over the target, only forty photos were taken, none over the assigned targets due to cloud cover. Lost returning was B-32 42-108528 (crew rescued, 2 MIA).

Postwar
After the Pacific War ferried overseas back to the United States arriving on October 16, 1945. Afterwards, stored outdoors at Kingman Field. During late 1945 or 1946 this aircraft was scrapped.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-32-20-CF Dominator 42-108529
"108529 chosen for combat test. Arrived on Luzon May 24, 1945. To Kingman, AZ for storage and scrapped"
Dominator (1984) pages 24-25 (color artwork), 42, 43, 46 (photos)
Echoes of the Dominator (2007) pages 64-65, 128, 147
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's (2009) pages 201 (color photo), 307 (photo) 306, 309, 315, 356

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Last Updated
May 9, 2020

 

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