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B-32 Dominator

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerConsolidated Aircraft
Primary RoleHeavy Bomber
Maiden Flight7 September 1942

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ww2dbaseThe B-32 Dominator bombers started out as Consolidated Aircraft's Model 34, designed to back up Boeing's B-29 Superfortress bombers, in case the latter failed. The design process began in Jun 1940, two years after Boeing began the B-29 project, and the first contract for two prototype aircraft was issued on 6 Sep 1940. The first prototype rolled off the assembly line six months behind schedule; this aircraft crashed on take off on 10 Mar 1943. On 17 Mar 1943, a contract was signed for 300 units despite problems with the prototype aircraft. In 1944, after testing the third prototype, the United States Army Air Forces ordered over 1,500 B-32 Dominator bombers from Consolidated. The first production aircraft was delivered on 19 Sep 1944, which crashed upon its first landing on the same day. As a result, the initial 40 aircraft delivered were used only as trainers starting on 27 Sep 1945.

ww2dbaseThe first assignment for B-32 Dominator bombers began after General George Kenney requested them for field evaluation in mid-1945. The 312th Bomb Group were given the task for the testing; the pilots were impressed with the unique reversible-pitch inboard propellers and the Davis wing, but they also found the cockpit noisy, the instrumentation layout very poor, and the rate of engine fire a bit higher than what they were comfortable with. The first combat missions they flew was on 29 May 1945 against a Japanese supply depot at Antatet in the Philippine Islands, and the second against a sugar mill at Taito, Taiwan on 15 Jun. On 22 Jun, B-32 Dominator bombers attacked an alcohol plant at Heito, southern Taiwan. The final test mission was flown on 25 Jun against bridge near Kiirun (now Keelung), Taiwan.

ww2dbaseUpon the successful field tests by the 312th Bomb Group, B-32 Dominator bombers began to enter the USAAF. Near the end of the Pacific War, they flew combat and reconnaissance missions over the Japanese home islands. The last confirmed Allied casualty of the Pacific War (and of WW2) were injured aboard B-32 Dominator bombers.

ww2dbaseProduction of B-32 Dominator bombers ceased on 12 Oct 1945 after 118 units were built. Most of them were scrapped shortly after the end of WW2.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

SPECIFICATIONS

B-32
MachineryFour Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone supercharged, air-cooled radial engines rated at 2,200hp each
Armament10x12.7mm machine guns, 9,100kg of bombs
Crew10
Span41.16 m
Length25.03 m
Height9.81 m
Wing Area132.20 m
Weight, Empty27,000 kg
Weight, Loaded45,000 kg
Weight, Maximum50,580 kg
Speed, Maximum575 km/h
Speed, Cruising467 km/h
Rate of Climb3.40 m/s
Service Ceiling11,000 m
Range, Normal4,815 km

Photographs

XB-32 prototype bomber at rest, 28 Feb 1944B-32 Dominator bomber in flight, 1945Cockpit and instrument panel of a B-32 Dominator bomber, date unknownB-32 Dominator bomber
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
7 Jan 2008 02:54:38 AM

Only fifteen of these aircraft became operational before VJ-Day. These equipped the 386th Bombardment Squadron based on Okinawa. Some forty others, designated TB-32, were also produced for Training purposes.
2. Vern Martin says:
12 Feb 2012 12:12:15 PM

We arrived in Okinawa from the 14th AAF in China after the dropping of the 2nd a-bomb. We were to scheduled do LAB night bombing of Japanese shipping in advance of the invasion which didn't happen. A B-32 made an observation run over Japan the next day. It came back with a number of holes in the plane. Some of the Japanese were still shooting at our planes. That's the first time I ever saw a B-32. This was sometime in Aug. 1945. We had our squadron tents just below Yonton air strip on the west coast of the island.
3. don says:
13 Apr 2014 01:54:20 AM

That airplane that got shot up was 'Hobo Queen', as I recall, and the last casualty of the Pacific war was one of its crew.

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