Surviving Artifacts

from

Kingman Army Air Field:

& Sales-Storage Depot No.41

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B-32

Dominator

Relics

One of only five known survivors, this gorgeous,
unused A-17 Turret
didn't come from Kingman, but the broken and partially-corroded artifact below did:

This aluminum & steel assembly is a rear machine

gun support from the Sperry A-17 of a Kingman

Dominator and aside from its rough & weathered condition, it identically matches the NOS assembly

inside the turret above. As you can see to the lower

left, the rusted recoil mounts are side by side and for

a long time it wasn't known whether this piece came

from the Emerson A-31 of a Kingman B-24N
or the Sperry A-17 of a B-32
the only USAAF turrets with this unusual characteristic.
Not until Depot 41's acquisition of the complete turret
was the latter confirmed.

The Turret is in remarkable condition but its 24" oval, Bulletproof Glass Assembly and Gun Camera were removed somewhere along the line and are missing. The B-7 Extension Lamp was also appropriated, but we're in luck with that item: since there were 2 different styles of B-7 Lamps used during WWII (aluminum and the late-War black plastic) it took an examination of the Kingman B-32 turret junkyard artifact to reveal the plastic version to be the correct type for this turret.

The red arrow points to one of two screws - used to secure the Extension Lamp to the bracket - still attached to a fragment of the original B-7:

...and below that is the NOS B-7 Extension Lamp which will replace the original in the B-32 Turret.


The Kingman Dominators

What may well be its first time in print anywhere, the following is a list of the 38 Dominators sent to

Kingman for storage at the end of the War. They represent nearly 1/3 of the B-32s built and flown

away from both factories:

B-32-1-CF #42-108471
- perhaps the most-photographed of all Dominators,

this is 471 in flight:

B-32-1-CF #42-108478 *

B-32-1-CF #42-108480 *

B-32-5-CF #42-108481 *

TB-32-5-CF #42-108485 *

TB-32-5-CF #42-108486

TB-32-5-CF #42-108493 *

TB-32-5-CF #42-108494, 2519th AAFBU field code "OM29"
- image of 494 from the Training Manual: ...see additional info on this ship below

TB-32-10-CF #42-108500 *

TB-32-10-CF #42-108513 *

B-32-21-CF #42-108527 *^

B-32-20-CF #42-108529 + "The Lady is Fresh"

- rare color shot of 529 in the combat zone:

B-32-20-CF #42-108530 + "DIRECT FROM TOKYO"

B-32-20-CF #42-108531 *+

B-32-20-CF #42-108533 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108534 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108536 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108537 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108538 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108541{}*

B-32-20-CF #42-108542 *

B-32-20-CF #42-108543 + "HARRIET'S CHARIOT"

July 2010***- HARRIET'S CHARIOT pilot Lyman Combs, his gracious wife Harriet (after whom the bomber was named) ...and yours truly with a Kingman B-32 aluminum Access Plate that was just autographed by Lyman. One of my newest friend's, I'm sorry to report that Lyman passed away in December of that same year.  More on him later...

B-32-25-CF #42-108546 *

B-32-25-CF #42-108547

B-32-30-CF #42-108571

B-32-30-CF #42-108572 *

B-32-30-CF #42-108573

B-32-30-CF #42-108574 *

B-32-30-CF #42-108575 *~

B-32-30-CF #42-108576 *

B-32-30-CF #42-108577 *

B-32-35-CF #42-108578 +

B-32-35-CF #42-108579 *~

B-32-35-CF #42-108580 *~

B-32-35-CF #42-108581 *~

B-32-35-CF #42-108582 *~

B-32-35-CF #42-108583 ~

B-32-35-CF #42-108584 *~#

KEY TO SYMBOLS

 * = Load Adjuster in the Depot 41 Museum Collection 

 {} = Pilot's Instrument Panel in the Depot 41 Museum Collection

 + = Part of group sent overseas for combat deployment; these five ships were the only Dominators that made it

back to the U.S.

 ^ = One-only bomber modified to experimental paratroop carrier

 ~ = Immediately declared excess upon delivery to USAAF, and therefore spanking-new upon arrival at Kingman

 # = Last B-32 to be accepted by USAAF; 2 additional unaccepted San Diego-built ships and 10 unaccepted

Ft. Worth-built ships were completed only enough to be flyable and they were subsequently sent to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (along with dozens of other USAAF-accepted Dominators)

 

To place their monetary value in perspective, these

38 bombers at Kingman alone represented approximately 30 million dollars of taxpayers' investment in the Forties, roughly 300 million in today's currency.


In the early 90s and while he was still the Director of the Air Force Museum in Dayton, I made Col. Richard Uppstrom a gift of this 9" Bracket from a Kingman B-32:

Heavy chisel marks indicated a hasty removal and its unique part number revealed it was once part of the giant bomber's fuel system.


***Also in July of 2010:

Seen here is none other than Tony Svore, former Colonel & 386th Squadron Commander who piloted DIRECT FROM TOKYO

back across the Pacific after the War. The object he's signing is an aluminum Access Plate from one of Kingman's two Dominators known to have had the 386th Squadron's large, black Club painted on its tail - quite possibly the very bomber he flew into Kingman in 1945....

THANK YOU, TONY!

In February of the same year, I had the unique pleasure of a long distance cell phone conversation with Tony, while I was standing on the precise location where that shamrock-tailed B-32 briefly rested at Kingman...

... WOW OR WHAT? 

RECENT UPDATE !

On February 6, 2011, totally unplanned (as far as the date was concerned), but precisely 64 years to the day from when he took his now-famous and historic series of Kingman photographs in 1947,

Bill Larkins autographed an

aluminum OIL DRAIN Access Plate

FROM B-32 #42-108494, SHIP "OM29" :

(L to R) My long-time benefactor & dear friends Bill Larkins &

his charming wife Tillie with yours truly holding a photo of

the exact Dominator from whence this Plate came...

At 3/16", the PLATE is over three times thicker than standard access panels. This is because, as the War progressed, Convair began protecting vital areas on their planes from disabling & deadly FLAK.

The B-32 manual image below shows how it's vulnerable nacelles were protected by the installation of these much thicker aluminum panels:


Stay tuned...

The fascinating Kingman Dominators have been the subject of intensive research and exhaustive field work over the past 25 years, resulting in what is probably the largest concentration of B-32 artifacts anywhere in the world.

As a matter of fact, the
Depot 41 Museum Collection now includes something from each & every Kingman Dominator!  - JCS


3-5/16" brass medallion believed to have been available to General Dynamics employees


REWARD!!!

I pay $$ for vintage

B-32 Dominator  photographs...

CONTACT:

B32Dominator@Depot41.com


Want to learn more about the B-32's fascinating story?

We sell brand new copies of this excellent, concise softcover by Harding & Long that's in its fifth and final printing.

Price: $15.00 ea.

*CA sales tax &  Continental U.S. Priority Mail included


photo credits this page:

Tony Svore

William T. Larkins

Depot 41 Photo Archive

 

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