BA7 #1 B-24D-1 42-40072 at dispersal on the island of Funafuti.
BA7 #1a All that remained of 42-40072 after a Japanese night bombing raid on 22 April 1943.
BA7 #2 B-24J 42-73453
BA7 #2a part of the wreckage. The aircraft was struck by AA over Palau on 1 September 1944, lost two engines and then disintegrated, falling into the ocean, to be found in 2004. The three survivors who parachuted were captured and executed by the Japanese.
BA7 #3 B-24J 42-110142
BA7 #3a some detail of the artwork which never received a painted name
BA7 #3b To flesh out the caption, Consairway (the contract airline of Convair) personnel on Biak Island claimed the aircraft for parts after it arrived to be salvaged war weary but without authority quietly refurbished it as a Fat Cat for the airline.
BA7 #3c ....and here it is in Australia (with '142' on the tail) roughly converted into a transport.
BA7 #4 44-40545
BA7 #4a with its back broken in two places after a landing accident
BA7 #5 44-41545 newly arrived with the group
BA7 #5a Now decorated with nose art and known as DANCING DOLLY
BA7 #5b After crashing with combat damage on 20 April 1945
BA7 #6 44-42371
BA7 #6a After a crash landing, the right main gear exiting via the right fin & rudder
BA7 #7 B-24D Available 42-40980
BA7 #7a After the bomb load exploded on Munda Island 14 February 1944
BA7 #8 B-24D BITCHURQUITCHEN 42-40134
BA7 #8a In the graveyard after being condemned war weary in May 1943
BA7 #9 B-24D BLESSED EVENT 42-40533
BA7 #9a Badly shot up by fighters over Rabaul on 1 January 1944 with the majority of its crew wounded or killed, it crash landed on a fighter strip on Bougainville and appears to have skidded into the over run area.
BA7 #9b It would appear to have 'created' the graveyard where it lay, the remains of P-38s almost obscuring it from view in this image from later in 1944.
BA7 #10 44-49617 BOBBIE LOU
BA7 #10a BOBBIE LOU in the Kingman Arizona graveyard awaiting the scrapper's torch.
BA7 #11 B-24D BUNDLES FOR JAPAN 41-23695
BA7 #11a The remains of the nose art recovered after the war from Morava Lagoon on Rabaul where it crashed after being shot down on 18 February 1943.
BA7 #12 44-40601 BURMA. Burma (the All-American girl) was a character from Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates comic strip; her alter egos were Madame Shoo Shoo and Dragon Lady, both also well used as nose-art.
BA7 #12A On 2 April 1945 BURMA landed downwind at Rockhampton Queensland and ran off the runway at the end of a 'fat cat' run. It was stripped and burned where it lay.
BA7 #13 B-24D DAISY MAE 41-23983
BA7 #13a DAISY crash landed on Sand Island on the return from the 22 July 1943 mission to Wake Island. You'll note that by now it had been back to Hawaii for the addition of the nose turret.
BA7 #14 B-24L 44-41546 DINAH MIGHT II
BA7 #14a DINAH in the graveyard on Biak Island about 1947. By 1948 the jungle had grown considerably higher.
BA7 #15 B-24D OCAD HELL FROM HEAVEN 42-72829
BA7 #15a In a Pacific graveyard after the war.
BA7 #16 B-24J 44-40604 KIT'S TADGER
BA7 #16a After a direct AA hit which probably ended its career.
BA7 #17 B-24L LOUISE MARY 44-41354
BA7 #17a No matter how good the nose art.....here Louise lies in an unidentified graveyard, though Biak is likely.
BA7 #18 B-24D OCAD originally named MAGGIE'S DELIGHT, 41-41124 became PASSIONATE WITCH
BA7 #18a The witch post-war in a graveyard after surviving the war.
BA7 #19 B-24L 44-41480 started out with the 5th BG with the artwork only. Note the page torn out of a magazine used as a examplar by the artist.
BA7 #19a The name KANSAS CITY KITTY soon followed.
BA7 #19b KITTY was transferred to the 307thBG and re-named PENNSY CITY KITTY
BA7 #19c By the end of the war, KITTY languished in the Biak graveyard. Note how the area was completely cleared with just the first signs of the jungle beginning to reclaim the area.