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  LB-30 "Old Faithful / Seventh Heaven" Serial Number AL633  
USAAF
7th AF


7th AF c1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Liberator II serial number AL633. At the start of the Pacific War, requisitioned by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and retained the RAF serial number AL633.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Air Force (7th AF) and often flown by Major General Clarence L. Tinker Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 7th Air Force and used to establish the air ferry route from Hawaii to the South Pacific and was the first U. S. aircraft flown from Hickam Field to Christmas Island Airfield. Also, this was the first aircraft to land at Penryhyn Airfield and Aitutaki Airfield in the Cook Islands.

Later, nicknamed "Old Faithful". Afterwards, stripped to a bare metal finish and nicknamed "Seventh Heaven" with the 7th Air Force logo and used by U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) Major General Willis H. Hale, 7th Air Force (7th AD) Commanding Officer (C. O.) as his personal transport. During 1945, this aircraft was condemned in Hawaii. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Liberator II for the RAF/LB-30 - AL633
"AL633 requisitioned by USAAF. Condemned in Hawaii sometime in 1945."
Under The Southern Cross The B-24 Liberator in the South Pacific (1998) Chapter 9
"AL633 had been General Tinker's favourite, and before his death he used it to establish the air route from Hawaii to Australia. It was the first aircraft to fly the Hickam-Christmas Island leg, followed by the first aircraft ever to land at Penryhyn (near the Society Islands) and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, and established the route segment to Tongatabu in Tonga."
Thanks to Robert Livingstone for additional information

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019

 

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