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Liberator A72-80

Aircraft Model:Consolidated B-24L-5-CO Liberator
Identities:44-41450; A72-80
Name / Nose Art:OLD NICK
Units:No. 24 Squadron, RAAF
No. 7 Operational Training Unit, RAAF

Timeline

6 October 1944Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex USA.
12 October 1944Received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
24 October 1944Received by No. 7 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
5 December 1944Received by No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.
23 March 1945Crashed into Vansittart Bay, WA, after taking off from Truscott Aerodrome.
Pilot: S/Ldr NATHANIEL HERBERT STRAUS, RAAF 250759 (Killed)
2nd Pilot: F/Sgt HARRY JAMES BOYD, RAAF 427775 (Missing)
Navigator: F/O RAYMOND ALLENBY WHITING, RAAF 426733 (Missing)
Bombardier: F/Lt CHARLES DAVID PARRY-OKEDEN, RAAF 404485 (Killed)
1st Wireless Operator: F/O JOHN WILSON HURSTHOUSE, RAAF 416215 (Missing)
2nd Wireless Operator: W/O WILLIAM RICHARD FLANAGAN, RAAF 401748 (Missing)
Air Gunner: W/O HERBERT GORDON PARKER, RAAF 408591 (Missing)
Air Gunner: F/Sgt JOHN RICHMOND RYAN, RAAF 422716 (Missing)
Air Gunner: F/Sgt WILLIAM ANTHONY JORDON RODGERS, RAAF 436889 (Killed)
Air Gunner: Sgt ALEXANDER DOUGLAS WHITEHEAD, RAAF 121592 (Missing)
Flight Engineer: F/Sgt RONALD MALCOLM MORRIS, RAAF 46563 (Missing)
Passenger: Cpl DOUGLAS WILLIAM MADDEN, RAAF 36484 (Missing)

Photos

RAAF B-24 Liberators A72-51, A72-95, A72-91, A72-80, and A72-43 at Tocumwal, NSW

Sorties

No. 24 Squadron, RAAF:
31 December 1944DAR 19/1-321:30/Z08:45/ZF/Lt Ford and CrewShipping recce from TRUSCOTT over the following tracks TRUSCOTT to:-
(a) CAPE DEWA (B) CAPE KOERAWG (C) TRUSCOTT.
4 January 1945FEN 26/320:40/Z08:50/ZF/Lt Court and CrewTo carry out Search "I".
9 January 1945DAR 41/13-1821:00/Z08:35/ZF/O Frecker and CrewStrike at 1 Gun Position LOMBOK.
17 January 1945FEN 30/119:35/Z08:47/ZF/O Frecker and CrewTo carry out Search "G".
20 January 1945FEN 42/220:47/Z07:47/ZF/Lt Williams and CrewTo carry out Search "H".
11 February 1945FEN 22-321:00/Z10:20/ZF/Lt CourtTo carry out Search "I".
13 February 1945FEN 28-221:00/Z09:58/ZF/Lt FordTo carry out Search "H".
24 February 1945FEN 19-320:58/Z08:47/ZF/Lt Court and CrewTo carry out Search "I".
27 February 1945FEN 28-321:38/Z08:18/ZF/Lt Beattie DFMTo carry out Search "I".
1 March 1945FEN.35-921:03/Z08:43/ZF/O Harrison and CrewTo carry out Search "H".
7 March 1945Fen 8-419:51/Z08:48/ZF/Lt Court and CrewTo carry out Search "H".
10 March 1945Fen 17-121:00/Z08:21/ZS/Ldr Straus and CrewTo carry out Search "G".
13 March 1945Fen 27-220:55/Z10:03/ZF/Lt Kilgariff and CrewTo carry out Search "H".
15 March 1945Fen 36-721:15/Z09:06/ZF/Lt Court and CrewTo carry out Armed Shipping Recce.
20 March 1945Fen 2-621:05/Z09:30/ZF/Lt Court and CrewTo carry out Search "H".
22 March 1945Fen 7-121:20/ZS/Ldr Straus and CrewTo carry out Armed Shipping Recce.

References

Dunn, P. 2015 Crash of a B-24 Liberator into Vansittart Bay, WA. Australia @ War. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <https://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/wa06.htm>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Aircraft status cards - Liberator A72-1 to A72-13, A72-31 to A72-99, A10297, BLOCK 404.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, FLANAGAN, William Richard - (Warrant Officer); Service Number - 401748; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Liberator A72-80; Place - Bali Island, Netherlands East Indies; Date - 23 March 1945, A705, 166/13/426.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 24 Squadron Jun 40 - Dec 60, A9186, 51.

Pacific Wrecks 2018 B-24L-5-CO "Old Nick" Serial Number A72-80. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/A72-80.html>.

Tigwell, C. 2016 RAAF A72 Consolidated B-24D/J/L/M Liberator. ADF Serials. Retrieved 1 April 2017 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a72.htm>.

Record updated on 10 May 2018.


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