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Gallery (4), B–24s

B-24 cockpit
Consolidated B-24 Liberator cockpit.
(Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Michigan - photo by Janet Pickel)

Plane with crew on wings
8th Air Force, 93rd Bomb Group, 409th squadron. Hardwick, England, June 1943.

A FABULOUS photo: click on it to see it enlarged, it's massive.
Thanks to Michael Graves. A visit
to his WWII gallery is a MUST!


First a few words about about the ...
... CONSOLIDATED B-24D "LIBERATOR"

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B24 side

 

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B24 top

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B24 front

 
Thanks to: Liberator Restoration Australia for the drawings above

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SpacerThe B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during World War II. Because of its great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania on August 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater. More than 18,000 Liberators were produced.

The B-24D on display flew combat missions from North Africa in 1943-44 with the 512th Bomb Squadron. It was flown to the U.S. Air Force Museum in May 1959. It is the same type airplane as the Lady Be Good, the world-famous B-24D which disappeared on a mission from North Africa in April 1943 and which was found in the Libyan Desert in May 1959.

SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 110 ft. 0 in (33.53m).
Length: 66 ft. 4 in (20.22).
Height: 17 ft. 11 in (5.46m).
Weight: 56,000 lbs (25 UK tons, 25.4 tonnes). loaded
Armament: Eleven .50-cal. machine guns [nose, left & right cheek, top turret (2), ball turret (2), left and right waist and tail (2)] plus a normal maximum load of 8,000 lbs (3.571 UK tons, 3.629 tonnes). of bombs
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp (882.6kW). ea.
Cost: $336,000
Serial Number: 42-72843

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 303 mph (488 km/hr).
Cruising speed: 175 mph (282 km/hr).
Range: 2,850 miles (4587km).
Service Ceiling: 28,000 ft (33.5m).
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(NB - All text within quotes " " is from other sites and has not been amended, although links and comments may have been added.
Source:
www.456fis.org/B-24-A.htm .)

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Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The most-produced heavy bomber in history.
It flew in every combat theater during World War II between 1943 and 1945.
More than 18,000 Liberators were produced.

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B24, Naughty Nan

'Naughty Nan',
taxiing at Hardwick (Thanks to England on Flickr). Salvaged after a mid-air collision with 42-94969 on the 21 Sep 44 mission to Koblenz and crashing with bomb load which exploded on a farm near Ingelmunster, Belgium.  WikipediA.

 

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'Lucky Luke',
is 'bombed up' for its 28th mission from Hardwick, England in April 1943. (Thanks to WW2 Total.

B24, Lucky Luke

 

 

 

B24, Exterminator
'Exterminator',
In Hardwick, England, A B-24 Liberator crew of the 93rd Bomb Group prepares for a mission. (Thanks to B24bestoweb).

 

 

 

 

B-24 Liberator

 

 

 

 

B24, Miss Lucky
'Miss Lucky',
B-24 Liberator. 93rd bomb group, 409th squadron. Hardwick, England.

 

 

 

 

B-24 Liberators in formation, returning from mission. 93rd. bomb group. Hardwick, England.

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