B-24D Liberator of the 42nd Bomb Squadron being loaded with fragmentation bombs at Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Nov 18 1943.

Caption   B-24D Liberator of the 42nd Bomb Squadron being loaded with fragmentation bombs at Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Nov 18 1943. ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 14 Jan 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
20 Nov 2017 06:01:00 AM

B-24D-170-CO

Note that her nose turret was atypical of D variant aircraft.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
20 Nov 2017 09:35:03 PM

This B-24D was modified after production with what was called the Oklahoma Nose because the modifications were made at Tinker Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Only 64 B-24Ds received the Oklahoma Nose. The windows added to the lower nose also led this variant to be called the Droop Snoot.

This particular aircraft, 42-72963, was lost over Mille Island in the Marshalls 1 Dec 1943, two weeks after this photo was taken. All ten crewmen were killed.

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WW2-Era Place Name Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Lat/Long -8.5250, 179.1964


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