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RAAFSerial USAAF Serial Type c/n Delivered Aircraft History
A72-1 41-11904 B-24D-CO ? 15/02/44 Named "PRIDE OF THE YANKS" and served with 90th BG, USAAF.
Had 811 hours on the airframe when received by the RAAF.
Served with 7 OTU and was partially destroyed in a hangar fire at Tocumwal on 2 Oct 44.
Converted to components.
A72-2 41-23720 B-24D-1-CO ? 15/02/44 Named "TEAR ASS THE BULL".
Had 871 hours on the airframe when received by the RAAF.
Served with 7 OTU until being struck off charge.
Stored at Tocumwal and later scrapped in December 52.
A72-3 41-24018 B-24D-15-CO ? 15/02/44 Named "MARGIE" and served with the 90th BG, USAAF.
Had 584 hours on the airframe when received by the RAAF.
Served with 7 OTU and became Instructional Airframe until being struck off charge.
Stored at Tocumwal and later scrapped in Mar 48.
A72-4 42-40489 B-24D-65-CO ? 15/02/44 Named "MISS GIVING" and served with 528th BS of the 380th BG, USAAF.
Flew 27 missions and had 596 hours on the airframe when received by the RAAF.
Served with 7 OTU and was partially destroyed in a hangar fire at Tocumwal on 2 Oct 44.
Converted to components.
A72-5 42-40512 B-24D-65-CO ? 03/03/44 Named "SHE 'ASTA" and served with 530th BS of the 380th BG, USAAF.
Flew as many as 27 missions and claimed at least eight enemy aircraft destroyed, four on one mission alone after being attacked by about 12 fighters.
Served with 7 OTU until being struck off charge.
Stored at Tocumwal and later scrapped in Feb 49.
A72-6 42-40522 B-24D-65-CO ? 15/02/44 Named "DELIVERER" and served with the 531st BS, 380th BG, USAAF, flying more than 30 missions.
Served with 7OTU and became Instructional Airframe No.2.
Scrapped in August 45.
Purchased by Charlie Ruthburg of Boisdale VIC and broken up for scrap.
Some pieces have been salvaged and placed into storage for restoration at a later date.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-6

A72-7 41-24070 B-24D-15-CO ? 22/02/44 Named MISS DEED.
Served with 7 OTU.
Became Instructional Airframe No.3;
Scrapped 29 October 1945
A72-8 41-24290 B-24D-25-CO ? 22/02/44 Named HELL'S BELLE.
Served with 7 OTU.
Crashed Tocumwal 11/01/45.
A72-9 41-11868 B-24D-CO ? 19/03/44 Named CHANGE O' LUCK.
Served with 7 OTU.
Scrapped 8/09/45.
A72-10 41-24127 B-24D-20-CO ? 22/05/44 Named RIO RITA?
Served with 7 OTU.
Scrapped 12/52
A72-11 42-40514 B-24D-65-CO ? 04/09/44 Named LUCKY.
Served with 7 OTU.
Damaged in Emergency Landing at Bankstown.
Scrapped Cooktown 11/45.
A72-12 42-41132 B-24D-135-CO ? 13/09/44 Served with 7 OTU.
Scrapped Biak 02/45 - another report returned to USAF 04/45.
A72-13 42-100194 B-24J-80-CO ? 29/07/44 Served with 7 OTU.
Scrapped Biak 02/45 - another report returned to USAF 04/45.
A72-31 44-40251 B-24J-155-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn, coded GR-A.
Served with 7 OTU.
Named KING COBRA. Served with 21 Sqn.
Written off 12/45 as uneconomical to repair coded MJ-V.
Converted to components.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-31

A72-32 44-40252 B-24J-155-CO ? 06/44 Named KIM'S KITE.
Served with 24 Sqn. GR-B.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-33 44-40410 B-24J-160-CO ? 05/44 Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-34 44-40406 B-24J-160-CO ? 05/44 Served with 24 Sqn. GR-D.
Served with 21 Sqn MJ-W.
7 OTU. Struck off 12/52.
A72-35 44-40408 B-24J-160-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-36 44-40409 B-24J-160-CO ? 06/44 Served with 7 OTU.
Experimental fan cooling CAC.
Crashed on landing at Tocumwal 16/04/45.
A72-37 44-40407 B-24J-160-CO ? 05/44 Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-38 44-40411 B-24J-160-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn GR-G.
Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-39 44-40653 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn GR-J.
Crashed Fenton 07/09/44.
Stripped for spares.
A72-40 44-40649 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn GR-K.
Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 1 AD.
1 AD Test & Ferry Sqn.
Struck off 7/52.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-40

A72-41 44-40652 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-42 44-40651 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn. GR-M.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-42

A72-43 44-40654 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Struck off 12/52.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-43

A72-44 44-40650 B-24J-175-CO ? 06/44 Served with 24 Sqn GR-H.
Served with 7 OTU.
Struck off 12/52.
A72-45 44-40870 B-24J-185-CO ? 07/44 Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 12 Sqn.
Struck off 1952.
A72-46 44-40871 B-24J-185-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-46

A72-47 44-40872 B-24J-185-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn GR-P.
Served with 7 OTU
A72-48 44-40873 B-24J-185-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 7 OTU.
Converted for POW recovery.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 82Wg
A72-49 44-41194 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-50 44-41197 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-51 44-41203 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-51

A72-52 44-41207 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn
A72-53 44-41204 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-54 44-41196 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Named NORTHERN TERRIER.
Served with 24 Sqn GR-K

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-54

A72-55 44-41206 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-56 44-41193 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn MJ-W
A72-57 44-41205 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Named SAM SABASTION.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-58 44-41195 B-24J-200-CO ? ? Named PENELOPE II.
Served with 21 Sqn MJ-E
A72-59 44-41389 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn MJ-D.
Served with 7 OTU Damaged by enemy action 23 March 1945 and not repaired 24 Sqn.
Derelict at Fenton until post war GR-G
A72-60 44-41388 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn. MJ-V
A72-61 44-41375 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Shot down Balikpapan 1 July 1945. MJ-P.
 Killed was G/C McLean, F/L Roy, W/O Bardwell, Sgt Martin. Survivor was F/S AJ Stuart.
A72-62 44-41249 B-24J-205-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-63 44-41374 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-64 44-41384 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Shot down Balikpapan 3 July 1945.
Taking off on what was supposed to be just another Army Co-operation sortie over Balikpapan ended disastrously when the aircraft failed to return from it's sortie. It was not until information was received from a Command Ship later that the aircraft was hit by light anti aircraft fire and crashed into enemy territory at approx 1245 hrs. No parachutes were seen from the aircraft and all were posted missing, believed killed.
On the 1 August a reconnaissance party from the 33rd Battalion AIF, led by FLGOFF H.J. Maudsley and FLGOFF D.H. Cain recovered the remains of the crew.
The aircraft had been found a several days before by a soldier escaping from a Japanese sniper and later reporting his find. Several land parties failed to locate the crash site until an Auster AOP over flew the site.
Of the 14 personnel on board only three were positively identified they were FLTLT A.M. Andrews, FSGT D.G. Featherstone and FLTLT K.R. Harrison as a result of finding their identity discs and an engraved watch, although doubts persisted as to whether the remains are those of 13 or 14 persons.
Crew; FLTLT R. McD. Beattie (Pilot), FLTLT A.M. Andrews (2nd Pilot), FLTLT D.W. Willett (W/AG), FLTLT H. Stroud (Nav/Bombardier), FLTLT T. Hockings (Nav/Bombardier), FSGT D.G. Featherstone (Air Gunner), FSGT L.R. Sapwell (Air Gunner), FSGT L.W. Devereux (Air Gunner), FSGT A.J. Hogg (W/AG), FSGT K. Patten (Air Gunner), CPL R.W.V. Robinson (Flight Engineer), FLTLT K.R. Harrison (Intel), Capt. H.W. Spry, WOFF2 F.B. Emanuel.
A72-65 44-41385 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-66 44-41373 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Failed to return 1 August 1945
A72-67 44-41386 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Named ICHABOD III.
Served with 24 Sqn. W/Cdr Russ Bell OC B Flight's aircraft GR-O.
A72-68 44-41376 B-24J-210-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn. MJ-O
A72-69 44-41391 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn MJ-H
A72-70 44-41392 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Shot down 24 January 1945 Cape Chater, Timor.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-71 44-41393 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn MJ-F
A72-72 44-41394 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn
A72-73 44-41401 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-74 44-41395 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-75 44-41403 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-75

A72-76 44-41402 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 25 Sqn. 21Sqn
A72-77 44-41404 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Shot down over Sawoe Sea (Timor) on 06/04/45.
A RAAF 112 Air Rescue Flight Catalina ( A24-54) from Darwin arrived to pick the survivors from A72-81 & A72-77 that was shot down in the same action.
After A24-54 landed to pick up survivors it was staffed by fighters and caught fire.
The crew as well as the Liberator survivors were force to abandon the aircraft.
Crew; FLTLT Eric V. Ford 255138 (Pilot), WOFF C.G Vickers (2nd Pilot), FLTLT L.D. Crowther (Nav), FLTLT W. Laing (Bombadier), FLGOFF R.T. Jordon (W/AG), WOFF A.N. Collins (W/AG), FSGT K.J. White (Air Gunner), FSGT L. Raine (Air Gunner), FSGT J.M. Waddell (Air Gunner), FSGT L. Faichnie (Air Gunner), SGT W.W. Sayer (Flt Engineer)
A72-78 44-41405 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24Sqn. GR-T
A72-79 44-41444 B-24L-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-80 44-41450 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Named OLD NICK.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Received from USA 6-10-44,
Issued to 24 Sqn 1-12-44,
Received at 24 Sqn 5-12-44.
Crashed into sea, Vansittart Bay 25(sic)-3-45[page from HISTORY (MOVEMENTS, CASUALTIES, etc)]
The actual crash date was 23-3-45.
From a copy of the Operations Log 23-3-45 -

"At 0650 hours today, SQUADRON LEADER N.H. STRAUS, Captain and crew comprising FLIGHT LIEUTENANT C.D. PARRY-OKENDEN NAV B (Bombardier), FLYING OFFICER R.A. WHITING, NAV B, FLYING OFFICER J.W. HURSTHOUSE W.O. AIR, F/SGT BOYD, Pilot 2nd, W/O FLANAGAN, W.R., W.O. AIR, W/O PARKER, H.G., Air gunner, F/SGT RYAN,J.R. Air gunner, F/SGT ROGERS, A.J., Air gunner, SGT WHITEHEAD, A.D., ARM/A.G., F/SGT MORRIS, R.M., Flight Engineer and CPL MADDEN, D.W., passenger, took off in Liberator A72-80 from Truscott Strip, Western Australia, leading a formation of four aircraft on an armed shipping sweep. Shortly after take off, S/Ldr STRAUS called Truscott tower on V.H.F. indicating that he was preparing for an emergency landing. Owing to low altitude it was apparent that S/Ldr STRAUS could not locate the strip. For 23 minutes after take off the aircraft was airborne and during this time various messages from the aircraft were received by Truscott tower and V.H.F. homing and by the remainder of the aircraft in the formation. None of these messages informed the exact cause of the distress but all that was received was that the aircraft could not gain height. At 0713 hours a message was received that S/Ldr STRAUS was about to ditch in Vansittart Bay. Following this the crews of the remaining three aircraft saw A72-80 ditch with wings level but at a fairly high rate of descent. The aircraft caught fire on impact with the water and disintegrated. .."

Only three bodies were recovered - F/Sgt Rogers on 23rd, S/Leader N.H Straus on 29-3-45, and F/Lt C.D. Parry-okenden on 31-3-45.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-80

A72-81 44-41454 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24Sqn. GR-T.
Shot down over Sawoe Sea (Timor) on 06/04/1945.
The sole survivor from A72-81 was W/O Keith Shilling who suffered burns but was able to bale out of the bomb-bay.
A RAAF 112 Air Rescue Flight Catalina (A24-54) from Darwin arrived to pick the survivors from A72-81 & A72-77 that was shot down in the same action.
After A24-54 landed to pick up survivors it was staffed by fighters and caught fire. T
he crew as well as the Liberator survivors were force to abandon the aircraft. By this time Shilling had been shot down & abandoned a blazing aircraft twice in the same day. Shilling was eventually rescued and survived the war.
Crew of A72-81; FLGOFF S.L. McDonald (Pilot), PLTOFF K.A. Brown (2nd Pilot), FLGOFF P.A. Mouatt (Nav), FLGOFF A.G. Worley (Bombadier), WOFF K.R. Schilling (W/AG), FSGT L.K. Walnsley (Air Gunner), FSGT J.A. Thomas (Air Gunner), FSGT R.J. Banks (Air Gunner), FSGT T.E. Bowen (Air Gunner), FSGT A. Davis (Air Gunner), SGT W.J. Wignall (Flt Engineer)

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-81

A72-82 44-41452 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn.
82 Wing
A72-83 44-41455 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-84 44-41456 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Named COCK O'THE NORTH.
Served with 24 Sqn GR-D.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-85 44-41457 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 1 AD Test & Ferry Sqn
A72-86 44-41458 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-87 44-41459 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 1 APU Turret trials
A72-88 44-41460 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Crashed 3 miles west of Fenton 3 February 1945.
Returning to Fenton airstrip, N.T. late in the evening from an attack on Japanese shipping the Liberator, captained by FLTLT Cambridge, appeared to be unable to locate the airstrip lighted by flares along the side of the strip. "Weather conditions were hazy and visibility about one mile. On the downwind leg of the circuit the captain was unable to see the flarepath. On turning into the wind the flarepath was not visible above 700 feet. The aircraft was then well to the left of the strip and in communication with the flying control officer in the tower who advised the captain that he was west of the strip. The aircraft acknowledged the message and indicated that another circuit would be made. The undercarriage was then retracted on orders from the captain. Without warning the aircraft swung violently to port. FLTLT Cambridge endeavoured to correct this. He noticed then that the fuel pressure of numbers 1, 2 and 3 motors had dropped to zero and the fuel pressure in number 4 motor was fluctuating. Power was increased on number 4 motor in an endeavour to maintain height. It was impossible to keep the aircraft straight and it was losing height rapidly. It was then about 200 feet. The captain switched to intercommunication and warned the crew that a crash landing was imminent. The wheels were still fully retracted and 20 degrees flaps were down. Headlights were switched on. The aircraft crashed through trees and landed on an even keel. The trees helped to retard speed and the final impact was not very severe. Fire broke out in the nose and under the flight deck, presumably caused by the auxiliary power units smashing on impact. Sgt Francis had his foot jammed in the waist (gunner's area). He was freed eventually by FLGOFF Coward and PLTOFF Rhodes. The aircraft was well ablaze now. PLTOFF Rhodes carried out SGT Jennings, dangerously injured, to safety. FLTLT Scanlon, also dangerously injured, had managed to throw himself out of the aircraft and was carried to safety by FLTLT Cambridge and WOFF Crawford. FLGOFF Coward was slightly injured. FLTLT Parkinson and FLGOFF Pitt were missing from the muster. These officers were stationed under the flight deck and it was evident that they were killed. Subsequently their remains were recovered. The balance of the crew were not injured except for minor lacerations, bruises and abrasions. The crash took place at about 2355 hours. Half to three quarters of an hour later a Tiger Moth from 21SQN helped guide ground parties to the scene of the smash, some two miles from the strip through roadless, timbered boggy country." The very next day saw the Squadron bury the two crew members at the Adelaide River Cemetery.
Aircraft Crew: FLTLT A.A. Cambridge (Pilot), WOFF F. Crawford 425611 (2nd Pilot), FLGOFF I.F. Coward 416415 (Nav), FLTLT J.R. Parkinson 411371 (Bombadier), PLTOFF G.W. Rhodes 413255 (WAG1), PLTOFF S.N. Johnson 416767 (WAG2), FLTLT V. Scanlon 416131 (Air Gunner), FLGOFF J. McP. Pitt 401830 (Air Gunner), SGT E.W. Jennings 443957 (Air Gunner), SGT E.L. Francis 442341 (Air Gunner), SGT A.G. Cullen 19835 (Flight Engineer).
A72-89 44-41575 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 25 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
A72-90 44-41579 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn. 82 Wing.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-91 44-41580 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 21Sqn
A72-92 44-41581 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 25 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Failed to return from search mission 28 July 1945.
Served with 21 Sqn MJ-D

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-92

A72-93 44-41582 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-94 44-41583 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 3 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-95 44-41604 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-96 44-41653 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
82 Wing
A72-97 44-41608 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-98 44-41639 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Named BLONDIE MAC.
Served with 21 Sqn

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-98

A72-99 44-41640 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-100 44-41609 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-101 44-41654 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
Serious in-flight fire in engine #4, November 1945 MJ-J
A72-102 44-41611 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn NV-S.
Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-103 44-41577 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 82Wg
A72-104 44-41612 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-105 44-41617 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-106 44-41605 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-107 44-41607 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-108 44-41618 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn
A72-109 44-41630 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

Liberator A72-109

A72-110 44-41656 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-111 44-41663 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-112 44-41664 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Crashed Tocumwal 14 April 1945
A72-113 44-41629 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU East Sale
A72-114 44-41633 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-115 44-41632 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Never issued to a flying unit but known to have operated with CCU/7 OTU East Sale
A72-116 44-41631 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-116

A72-117 44-41634 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-118 44-41635 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-119 44-41636 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-120 44-41642 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-121 44-41666 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-122 44-41637 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
To Instructional Airframe No.6

Liberator A72-122, 
Mallala date unknown, 
via Rod Farquhar.

A72-123 44-41638 B-24L-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Crashed Tocumwal 20 January 1945
A72-124 44-41657 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn.
Crashed and burnt on take off Cunderdin 14 February 1945
A72-125 44-41505 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU CCU/7 OTU East Sale
A72-126 44-41499 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-127 44-41502 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-128 44-41503 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU. By 3/45 damaged in landing accident.
Finally written off 11 October 1945
A72-129 44-41504 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-130 44-41506 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-131 44-41508 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-132 44-41507 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-133 44-41509 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-B.
Landed on reef Soemba Is returning from operations 27 April and destroyed by own aircraft 16 May 1945
A72-134 44-41510 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn.
Nose wheel collapsed taxying at Cunderdin 6 March 1945.
Written off 9 April 1946
A72-135 44-41511 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-136 44-41512 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU

B-24L Liberator A72-136
7 O.T.U., Williamtown, c.1945 
Came in for an engine change. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-137 44-41513 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-K.
Badly damaged Darwin 28 November 1945 and written off.
A72-138 44-41514 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU CCU/7 OTU East Sale
A72-139 44-41658 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-140 44-41665 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-J
A72-141 44-41677 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 82Wg.
Served with 21 Sqn.
A72-142 44-41682 B-24L-15-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-143 44-41828 B-24M-1-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-143

A72-144 44-41831 B-24M-1-CO ? ? Named NIPPON'S NIGHTMARE.
Served with 25 Sqn SJ-A.
Served with 25 Sqn, CO's aircraft (W/C John Hampshire) Later named NIGHTMARE.
A72-145 44-41834 B-24M-1-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-145

A72-146 44-41836 B-24M-1-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-147 44-41885 B-24M-5-CO ? ? Named THERESA ANNE.
Served with 25 Sqn SJ-H.
A72-148 44-41886 B-24M-5-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 21Sqn.
A72-149 44-41515 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-N
A72-150 44-41516 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-L
 

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-150

A72-151 44-41517 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-M
A72-152 44-41518 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-F
A72-153 44-41530 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 21Sqn
A72-154 44-41531 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-E
A72-155 44-41532 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 7OTU
A72-156 44-41533 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 25 Sqn SJ-D
A72-157 44-41529 B-24L-5-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-158 44-41971 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24Sqn
A72-159 44-41972 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt.
Failed to return from operations 19 May 1945
A72-160 44-41949 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Taking off at night from Truscott airstrip the aircraft became airborne approximately halfway down the strip. It is believed the aircraft became airborne early due to a noticeable hump in the airstrip causing the aircraft to suddenly climb approx. 20ft. According to the witnesses who were part of a working party directly in front of the aircraft when it became airborne, the aircraft apparently veered left moving rather slowly, gaining little speed or height. The aircraft then rose to about 40ft and then fell sharply to the ground a short distance away from it's initial point of take off. With fire crews quickly making their way to the scene any hope of finding survivors was lost when a number depth charges the aircraft was carrying exploded. 20 May 1945.
Crew; FLTLT F.L. Sismey 402764 (Pilot), FLGOFF W.S. Bell, WOFF T.N. Rust, WOFF B.L. Cox, FSGT L. Duncanson, FSGT L.M. Bailey, FSGT I.N.L. Eadton, FSGT T.W. Allan, FSGT D.D. Benson, FSGT J.A. Hollis, FSGT J.R.W. Herps.
A72-161 44-41950 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-162 44-41951 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-163 44-41952 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24Sqn
A72-164 44-41953 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU East Sale
A72-165 44-41954 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU Tocumwal 12/44 to 02/45.
Served with 25 Sqn 02/45, coded SJ-Z.
A72-166 44-41955 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn GR-X
A72-167 44-41957 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 23Sqn.
Served with 24Sqn
A72-168 44-41958 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 24Sqn
A72-169 44-41959 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt.
Served with 12Sqn
A72-170 44-41960 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 82Wg.
Served with 24Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-171 44-41961 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Served with 21 Sqn.
A72-172 44-41962 B-24M-10-CO ? ? CAS VIP a/c - 1 AD T&F Sqn Mod to transport for use of CAS & GOC BCOF1 Comm Unit
82 Wing VIP Flight (21 Sqn).
 #2 engine caught fire in the air 20 August 1948 seriously damaging the mainplane; written off.

B-24M Liberator A72-172 being refuelled. 
1 Comms. Unit, Morotai, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  B-24M Liberator A72-172 with Frank Forde, Army Minister being greeted by Brigadier Woodward. 
1 Comms. Unit,
 Morotai, 22nd January 1945, 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-173 44-41963 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-174 44-41964 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt
A72-175 44-41965 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-176 44-41956 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU East Sale.
G/Capt Kingwell's aircraft.
Last flown Sale-Dubbo-Sale 25 March 1946 by F/Lt Rex Malcolm Whitburn, DFC, MID.
Became Instructional Airframe No.5.Fuselage extant today as basis for static restoration programme.
Quoted disposal date ex-East Sale 23 March 1948.
Under Restoration Werribee VIC. Parts of B-24D USAAF 42-41091 was recovered from PNG and used as part of this restoration project.

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-176

A72-177 44-41966 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt.
Crashed on operations 25 May 1945.
A72-178 44-41967 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 25 Sqn

B-24M Liberator 
A72-178/SJ-X
25 Squadron,
After it ran off the strip.
Cunderdin, W.A., 
31st July 1945,   
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-179 44-41969 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 24 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-180 44-41970 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt.
Served with 7 OTU.
Served with 200 Flt.
A72-181 44-41973 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 21 Sqn.
82 Wing.
Served with 21 Sqn.
A72-182 44-41974 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt.
Served with 7 OTU
A72-183 44-41975 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Named MEDDLESOME MAGGIE.
Served with 200 Flt NX-R

B-24M Liberator A72-183/NX-R being serviced
200 Flight, Leyburn
March, 1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-184 44-41976 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Converted to components due unknown damage 9/45, 24 Sqn
A72-185 44-41977 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Mod to transport.
Allotted for special duty GOC Land Forces from Hollandia 8 March 1945.
Returned by 20 April 1945.
Refitted with operational equipment 4 June 1945.
200 Flt

B-24M Liberator A72-185 
Hollandia, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-186 44-41978 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 201 Flt, LV-A.
 Detached as prototype for fitment of RCM Ferret equipment.
1 APU Stored Cat C before conversion took place.
Removed to Essendon by DCA for Fire Training 13 December 1951.
A72-187 44-41979 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 200 Flt
A72-188 44-41980 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-189 44-41982 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 1 Comm UnitMod to transport for use of CGS (General Blamey).
82 Wing VIP Flt (21 Sqn),
Probably not flown after 9/48.

B-24M A72-189
1 Comms. Unit, 
Laverton, c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-190 44-41983 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 25 Sqn, SJ-Y
A72-191 44-41984 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt,
Missing in air operations 27 March 1945
A72-192 44-41987 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 200 Flt,
Served with 7 OTU,
Back to 200 Flt
A72-193 44-41988 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 1 AD T&F Squadron.
Mod to transport as VIP aircraft for General Northcott
1 Comm Unit VIP for use CAS and GOC BCOF
82 Wing VIP Flt (21 Sqn)
In Hampshire log 6 June 1948.
Last airworthy RAAF B-24.
Last flight 21 Jan 1949, Laverton-Amberley (4.25 hrs), pilots Trewin and Crawford.
A72-194 44-41989 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn
UX-R. 24Sqn
A72-195 44-41990 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 200 Flt
A72-196 44-41991 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn.
Shot down in flames over Balikpapan 5/06/45.
A72-197 44-41992 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 201 Flt LV-B.
Detached for prototype installation of RCM Ferret1 APU equipment.
Stored Cat C Pt Cook before conversion took place.
Removed to Essendon by DCA for Fire Training 13 December 1951

B-24M Liberator A72-197/LV-B
201 Flight, 
Laverton, c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-198 44-41993 B-24M-10-CO ? ? Served with 1 APU.
Allotted for prototype use in trials SCR.717-C AN/A PQ SB Radar.
A72-300 44-28063 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn
A72-301 44-28064 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn
A72-302 44-28065 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn Nose gear collapsed taxying Jondaryan 25 May 1945; never operational again.
A72-303 44-28066 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn. Served with 21 Sqn
A72-304 44-28067 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn
A72-305 44-28069 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn
A72-306 44-28087 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Crashed on take off Amberley 16 August 1945. UX-J.
During the taking off run from Amberley the aircraft's brakes were applied before the aircraft was safely in the air. This caused the nose of the aircraft to strike heavily against the runway collapsing the nose wheel assembly and shearing hydraulic lines for the engine controls which then caused the aircraft to skid off the end of the runway and into a small ravine killing four of the crew on board.
Crew; SQNLDR W.L. Milne 610 (Pilot).
A72-307 44-28097 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn UX-K.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-308 44-28099 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn
A72-309 44-28101 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn 21 Sqn
A72-310 44-28104 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-311 44-28139 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn UX-O
A72-312 44-28086 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn GR-L
A72-313 44-28125 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Crashed near Amberley 14 September 1945.
FLGOFF Pullin was being checked out in the B-24 by his Flight Commander, FLTLT Hendy, when it appeared on take off to have a runaway propeller. From the ground it appeared to everyone else that the problem was rectified satisfactorily and after completing a circuit of the airfield the pilot advised that he would be returning to land but kept losing height until the aircraft dived into the ground about 8 kms from the airfield, bursting into flames killing all on board.
Crew; FLTLT G.A. Hendy 401441 (Pilot), FLGOFF R.F. Pullin (2nd Pilot), FSGT V.J. Quinn (Nav), SGT Dureau (W/T Op), FLGOFF J.H. Mutton.
A72-314 44-28127 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Damaged by enemy action north of Timor 30 July 1945
A72-315 44-28256 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 1 APU.
Removed to Essendon by DCA for Fire Training 13 December 1951
A72-316 44-28079 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Named CASA'S CLUELESS CREW.
Served with 21 SQN
A72-317 44-28122 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Destroyed by fire after take-off Darwin 23 September 1945.
A72-318 44-28070 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn 99 Sqn

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-318

A72-319 44-28082 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Named ALYSIUS.
Served with 12 Sqn
A72-320 44-28132 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Not named, but carried a Varga-style girl on the starboard nose
A72-321 44-28089 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Named RELUCTANT VIRGIN.
Served with 12 Sqn.
Carried artwork on starboard side but name never applied
A72-322 44-28076 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-323 44-28103 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-324 44-28138 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-325 44-28107 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-326 44-28118 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Held for Air Sea Rescue duties
A72-327 44-28123 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
Fuselage only collected for Fire Training by DCA 14 March 1951
A72-328 44-28092 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-329 44-28100 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-330 44-28114 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-331 44-28068 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-332 44-28131 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
UX-A. Served with 23 Sqn
A72-333 44-28098 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn
A72-334 44-28091 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-335 44-28081 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Named THE WITCH.
Served with 102 Sqn BV-A
A72-336 44-28108 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-337 44-28078 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-338 44-28095 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn

Highlight for Album: Liberator A72-338

A72-339 44-28124 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-340 44-28096 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn BV-G
A72-341 44-28113 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-342 44-28137 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-343 44-28080 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn.
Stored 3AD Amberley for 12 Sqn post war
A72-344 44-28106 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-345 44-28084 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 102 Sqn
A72-346 44-28126 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-347 44-28109 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-348 44-28072 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Crashed into the sea south of Zamboanga 09/04/46.
Ditched into Celebes Sea whilst on Manila to Darwin flight when power was lost in No.s 1 and 2 engines.
The survivors were rescued by HMS Opossum.
Crew; WGCDR J. Handbury (Pilot), FLTLT P. Mathews (Nav), WOFF F. Welsh (Co-Pilot), WOFF C. McKenzie (W/T), WOFF W. Nesbitt (Radar Op), WOFF R. Smith (FLT Engineer), FSGT D. Norton (FLT Engineer), CPL E. Pye (Fitter), CAPT J. McFadden (USN passenger), LT J. Potten (USN passenger).
A72-349 44-28077 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn
A72-350 44-28090 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 201 Flt LV-C(?)
A72-351 44-28074 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn
A72-352 44-28135 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 25 Sqn

Liberator A72-352
Photo Eric Douglas

A72-353 44-28133 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 25 Sqn.
82 Wing
A72-354 44-28083 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 82Wg
A72-355 44-28085 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-356 44-28130 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Served with 24 Sqn
A72-357 44-28129 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 201 Flt LV-D.
Served with 12 Sqn. 82 Wing

B-24J Liberator A72-357/LV-D
201 Flight,
 Laverton, c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

A72-358 44-28093 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn.
Served with 21 Sqn.
Held in store 3AD Amberley for 82 Wing

Liberator A72-358

A72-359 44-28111 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
Crashed on takeoff from Darwin on 02/11/45, caught fire and was later converted to components.
The aircraft was flying from Morotai to Melbourne with nurses from 2/5 Aust General Hosp on rec leave.
There were 35 people on board who all survived.
After this crash a court of inquiry found the Liberators should only carry a max of 31 people.
A72-360 44-28128 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn
A72-361 44-28134 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn.
82 Wing
A72-362 44-28073 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn.
82 Wing
A72-363 44-28149 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
A72-364 44-28168 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 99 Sqn UX-J
A72-365 44-28156 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn
Issued 3AD storage for 82 Wing
A72-366 42-78787 B-24J-1-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-367 44-28088 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-368 44-28094 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-369 44-28136 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 21 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-370 44-28144 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-371 44-28164 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Allotted 21 Sqn but may never have been issued.
A72-372 44-28140 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn. 82 Wing
A72-373 44-28148 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 200 Flt
A72-374 44-28071 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 21 Sqn 82 Wing
A72-375 44-28102 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn 82 Wing
A72-376 44-28121 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-377 44-28174 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-378 44-28171 B-24J-5-NT ? ? On 09/04/46 Ditched into Celebes Sea whilst on Manila to Darwin flight when power was lost in No's 1 and 2 engines.
The survivors were rescued by HMS Opossum.
Crew; WGCDR J. Handbury (Pilot), FLTLT P. Mathews (Nav, killed), WOFF F. Welsh (Co-Pilot), WOFF C. McKenzie (W/T), WOFF W. Nesbitt (Radar Op), WOFF R. Smith (Flight Engineer), FSGT D. Norton (Flight Engineer), CPL E. Pye (Fitter), CAPT J. McFadden (USN passenger), LT J. Potten (USN passenger, killed).
A72-379 44-28143 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 7 OTU.
Stored Category B CMU Toc for 82 Wing
A72-380 44-28145 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-381 44-28151 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with CFS,
Initially stored then held at CFS for Bush Fire Control.
Converted to Instructional Airframe No.7 and issued to Radio School Ballarat.
Last Liberator on RAAF strength.
A72-382 44-28183 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-383 44-28142 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Initially stored CFS.
Removed from Point Cook to Essendon by DCA 13 December 1951
A72-384 44-28162 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn
82 Wing
A72-385 44-28179 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn NV-N
A72-386 44-28155 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with CCU (HB) East Sale
A72-387 44-28062 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 7 OTU
A72-388 44-28169 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 23 Sqn
2 Wg
A72-389 44-28167 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 21 Sqn
82 Wing
A72-390 44-28166 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-391 44-28146 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-392 44-28178 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-393 44-28075 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-394 44-28159 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit.
Selected for VIP conversion but cancelled
A72-395 44-28180 B-24J-4-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-396 44-28172 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-397 44-28175 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn 82 Wing
A72-398 44-28158 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-399 44-28150 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-400 44-28147 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-401 44-28153 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Served with 12 Sqn 82 Wing NH-L
A72-402 44-28160 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-403 44-28161 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit
A72-404 42-78726 B-24J-1-NT ? ? Never issued to a flying unit.
Issued free to the University of Adelaide 8 November 1948.
To DAP 3 December 1952
A72-405 42-78727 B-24J-1-NT ? ? Named TULSA JOE.
Never issued to a flying unit.
Issued free to the University of Adelaide.
To DAP 3 December 1952.
AL570 LB-30 BELLE 36 Sqn VH-CBL
44-28105 44-28105 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Lost during ferry to Brisbane, it occurred on the first leg of the ferry flight Long Beach CA to Hickam, Hawaii on 20/05/45.
44-28157 44-28157 B-24J-5-NT ? ? Lost after a fire in the number 3 engine at Long Beach CA prior to DEL to RAAF.
21/08/45 reclamation action complete at Long Beach.
 
 

 

 
Dakotas and Liberators at Garbutt, Townsville. Photos- LAC  Ted Jones, Clerk Signals, 33 OBU, RAAF.  Liberator Blue Dragon Photo LAC  Ted Jones, Clerk Signals, 33 OBU, RAAF.  Unknown Liberator Photo- LAC  Ted Jones, Clerk Signals, 33 OBU, RAAF.  Liberator 
Darwin 
(NWA0909)  Liberators 
82 Wing 
Fenton  Liberator A72-xxxLiberator Nose turret  Liberator Nose turret  Liberator tail turret
     
     
  A selection of some of the USAAF B-24's under RAAF control  
     
 
USAAF Serial Type c/n   Aircraft History
42-10221 B-24J-80-CF ?   B24J-80-CO  42-10221 USAAF  380th Bomb Group "MISS HAP"  Dawin   Jun43-Feb45    Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command   Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
41-41222 B-24D-150-CO ?   B24D-150-CO  42-41222 USAAF  380th Bomb Group 'HELLS BELLS"  Dawin Jun43-Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
41-63989 B-24D-20-CF ?   B24D-20-CF  42-63989 USAAF  380th Bonb Group "SATANS SECRETARY"  Dawin Jun43-Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command   photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-41237 B-24D-150-CO ?   B24D-150-CO  42-41237 USAAF  38th Bomb Group  "JUGGLIN JOSIE"  Darwin Jun43-Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-72795 B24D-155-C     B24D-155-C  42-72795 USAAF  380th Bomb Group "LIL-O-DICER"  Darwin Jun43-Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-73116 B-24J-15-CO     B24J-15-C)  42-73116 USAAF  380th Bomb Group "HEAVENLY BODY"  Dawin Jun43-Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-73451 B-24J-45-CO ?   B24J-45-CO  42-73451 USAAF 380th Bomb Group  'FRISCO FRANNIE  Dawin Jun43-Feb45   Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-73488 B-24J-50-CO ?   B-24J-50-CO  42-73488 USAAF    380th Bomb Group "EH-WHATS UP DOC'   Dawin    Jun 43 - Feb45   Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command  Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
42-73489 B-24J-50-CO ?   B-24J-50-CO 42-73489 USAAF 380th Bomb Group "HOT ROCKS"   Dawin Jun42 - Feb45  Placed under the control of the RAAF Australian North West Command   Photographer unknown  Paul Turner collection
 
     
     

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