US Navy maintenance crews with Bombing Squadron VB-106 clean engine parts under an airplane wing during a downpour at Momote Airstrip, Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, Mar 1944. Note Jeep and Army SB-24D Liberator.

Caption   US Navy maintenance crews with Bombing Squadron VB-106 clean engine parts under an airplane wing during a downpour at Momote Airstrip, Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, Mar 1944. Note Jeep and Army SB-24D Liberator. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   NH 75359
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Nov 2016

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
18 Nov 2016 10:55:46 PM

The official Navy caption for this photo identifies the aircraft as PB4Y-1 Liberators with VB-106 at an unidentified southwest Pacific air field but the tail number visible on the aircraft in the distance (42-63805) identifies the bomber as a USAAF SB-24D Liberator with the 868th Bomb Squadron. The Jeep is marked 'USN' so there was clearly a combined presence at this location. The only base VB-103 and the 868th BS shared was Momote. The 868th BS assignment to Momote began 20 Mar 1944 and the bomber seen here was lost on 1 Apr 1944 when it crashed on Rendova Island, so it would seem this photo fits into a time window of 12-days. The SB-24D was a radar guided “Snooper” variant, which may explain the odd bubble on the chin of this aircraft. As snoopers and pathfinders, the 868th BS primarily flew night missions.

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