BEAUTIFUL BETSY

Serial No.: 42-40387 Model: B-24D-53-CO



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DATA SHEET

 

 

No.

004

 

 

 

 


SERIAL NO.:


42-40387

MOST POPULAR NOSE ART:


BEAUTIFUL BETSY

 

 

 

 

MODEL:

B-24D-53-CO

MFR:

Consolidated-San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTRACTOR'S NO.:

1464

 

 

 

 

INITIAL MFG DATE:

02/04/1943

MFG COMPLETION DATE:

02/16/1943

 

 

 

 

FIRST FLIGHT DATE:

02/20/1943

MOD CENTER DATE:

03/06/1943

 

 

MOD CENTER PLACE:

Fort Worth

USAAF ACCEPTANCE DATE:

02/23/1943

 

 

TO STAGING AREA DATE:

No ARC

STAGING PLACE:

Topeka

OVERSEAS FLIGHT DATE:

04/15/1943

DEPARTURE PLACE:

Hamilton Field, CA

 

 

 

 

OVERSEAS ARRIVAL DATE:

No ARC

DESTINATION:

Amberly Field, Brisbane, AUS

 

 

 

 

MOD COMPLETED

 

 

 

OVERSEAS:

 

OVERSEAS MOD PLACE:

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT:

380/528

ASSIGNMENT

 

 

 

   DATE:

Initial Deployment

STATION:

Fenton

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST MISSION:

06/11/1943

WHERE (1ST MISSION):

Koepang, Timor

 

 

 

 

NO. OF MISSIONS:

22  AU

TERMINATION DATE:

02/26/1945

 

 

 

 

WHY TERMINATED:

Crash, Wreck not found until July 1994

WHERE TERMINATED:

Queensland

 

 

 

 

 

STRICKEN OFF CHARGE:

No ARC

WHERE REMOVED:

No ARC

 

                NOTES:    ARC = Aircraft Record Card; Modification completed 03/26/1943, 'Sumac' Mod  

 



 

AIRCRAFT RECORD CARD

 
Nose Art: BEAUTIFUL BETSY
Serial No.: 42-40387
Model: B-24D-53-CO
 


 No ARC


MAINTENANCE CREW

 
Nose Art: BEAUTIFUL BETSY
Serial No.: 42-40387
Model: B-24D-53-CO

 

 

SSN

Rank

BeautifulBetsy

Crew Chief(s):

901110

M/Sgt

Elmer S. Riding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSN

Rank

BeautifulBetsy

Mechanic(s):

 

 

  Not Available in Current Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                Notes:    



MISSION RECORD



 

BEAUTIFUL BETSY

Serial No.: 42-40387 Model: B-24D-53-CO

 

Beautiful Betsy ARC

 Source:  Horton, Best in the Southwest, color profiles, center of book.

 

Original Nose Art - OD

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest, p. 41.


Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest, p. 72.


Beautiful Betsy

Wooden dummies were used for practice sessions with the RAAF.

Source:  Best in the Southwest, p. 474.


Beautiful Betsy

Roth Crew
Source:  William Shek Jr. collection (photo updated 21 June 2016)

 

ROTH CREW

Front Row, L-R:  S/Sgt Ben Rocha of Greeley, CA, asst radio operator; T/Sgt Richard Rone of Sutherlin, OR, engineer; S/Sgt Houston Burkhart of Nelta, TX, tail gunner; and S/Sgt Harold F. Morrison of Marquette, KS, top turret gunner.  Back row, L-R:  Capt. Joe Roth of Lincoln, NE, pilot; Lt E.R. Zeiss of Downers Grove, IL, co-pilot, 2Lt G.E. Peterson of Lake Geneva, WI, navigator; Lt F.F. Gorham of Houlton, ME, bombardier; T/Sgt J.L. Sword of Shoshone ID, radio operator; and S/Sgt D.R. Foretich of Elko, NV, nose gunner.  30 August 1943. 

Source:  Joe Dally Collection.  Caption from James Leddy. Updated 21 June 2016.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Joe Dally Collection.

   

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  King of the Heavies, p. 35.

 

 

After Paint Stripping - NMF

Beautiful Betsy

Stripped of OD paint scheme but not her war record.  This plane never had its "greenhouse" replaced with a nose turret.

Source:  Best in the Southwest, p. 307.

 

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source: Best in the Southwest, p. 307.

    

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  King of the Heavies, p. 82.

 


Wreckage of the Crash

Beautiful Betsy

Final Resting Place, Kroombit Tops State Forest and National Park
Queensland, Australia

Source:  http://members.tripod.com/americanairmen/index.htm

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm



Beautiful Betsy

Source:  http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:   http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source: http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm


Beautiful Betsy

Source:  http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:   http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

  

Beautiful Betsy

Source:   http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:   http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm

 

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest.

 

Beautiful Betsy

Source:  Best in the Southwest


 



Last updated:  21 June 2016