Consolidated B-24 Liberator
WORLD WAR II
One of the 25 airplanes that won it
still flying 70 years after victory.
AIR&SPACE Smithsonian, May 2015I'd Rather Be Flying From Hangar 18
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
(Featuring some of the Ol'Kunnel's favorite airplanes!)
The B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during the war.
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.
This B-24D on display in Dayton, Ohio 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.
- Span: 110 ft. 0 in.
- Length: 66 ft. 4 in.
- Height: 17 ft. 11 in.
- Weight: 56,000 lbs. loaded
- Armament: Ten .50-cal. machine guns and 8,000 lbs. of bombs
- Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp. ea.
- Cost: $336,000
- Serial Number: 42-72843
- Maximum speed: 303 mph.
- Cruising speed: 175 mph.
- Range: 2,850 mph.
- Service Ceiling: 28,000 ft.
- Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
- The model "J" or last in the series produced.
- B-24D - USAF Museum.
- B-24J - Pima Air and Space Museum.
- B-24M - Castle Air Museum.
- Rare currently flying B-24.
- Tail #442691.
- Liberators Over Ploesti, August 1, 1943.
World War II Heros
Already one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the Army in March, 1941, earning a commission as a second lieutenant and completing pilot training. When the United States entered the war, Stewart was initially held back from the front due to his celebrity status. By the end of 1943, however, he was allowed to head to England and begin flying combat missions as a B-24 LIberator pilot. He would serve with distinction, earning two Distinguished flying Crosses and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, reaching the rank of colonel by the end of the war. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1968 with the rank of brigadier general.
Photo from Wikipedia, the FREE on-line encyclopedia.
Article from WWII Veterans Committee calendar 2015
Heaven Can Wait
After the B-24 bomber carrying Second Lt. Thomas V. Kelly Jr. was shot down off the coast of what is now Papua New Guinea in 1944, his parents had a gray tombstone etched with a drawing of the plane and the words “In Loving Memory.
The 21-year-old bombardier’s remains were never recovered, and for years, his relatives rarely discussed the pain they felt over his death.
But in 2013, a website with information about the bomber he had been on was found. Lieutenant Kelly’s plane — nicknamed Heaven Can Wait — had been found.
Heaven Can Wait is one of 30 United States aircraft retrieved by Project Recover, a six-year-old nonprofit that collaborates with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or D.P.A.A., the arm of the Pentagon tasked with finding and returning fallen military personnel.
Since 1973, the Pentagon has recovered the remains of 2,381 United States service members and civilians, according to the military’s data. Of the more than 72,000 American service members from World War II who are still unaccounted for, approximately 26,000 are considered possibly recoverable.
The Pentagon says the number of missing United States service members identified worldwide has been rising in recent years, thanks largely to advancements in forensic science. But as time passes, identifying remains grows harder, and it becomes more difficult to find surviving family members who can provide DNA samples.
The Heaven Can Wait bomber was found last year in Hansa Bay, on Papua New Guinea’s northern coast, where five United States aircraft are believed to have gone down during World War II.
Excerpts from MSN News, May 28, 201805/28/2018 1501
I'm jealous that you got to see the flyover of those great old planes. After some time as flight mech instructor in a PBY Training center in
Jacksonville, Florida, I was transferred to U. S. Naval Air Station in
Hutchinson, Kansas. I was assigned to a PB4Y2 squadron. The PB4Y2 was
the Navy version of the B-24 Liberator. They called it the Privateer.
It was somewhat different from the B-24. It had a tall single fin and
rudder, and the engines were fitted with two stage mechanical superchargers
instead of the usual exhaust driven superchargers found on the B-24.
The power curve charts for engaging the mechanical superchargers was
a nightmare. If you went to high blower too soon you could actually lose
power. The most annoying thing however was the cabin air. You could chose
freezing outside air or CO detector howling.
The late Remmel Wilson
Will It Run?A Ford Airplane - AMAZING.
This was 6 months BEFORE Pearl Harbor! Henry Ford was determined that he could mass produce bombers just as he had done with cars, so he built the Willow Run assembly plant in Mich. and proved it. It was the world's largest building under one roof at a time.
This film will absolutely blow you away - one B-24 every 55 minutes, and Ford had their own pilots to test them!
ADOLF HITLER HAD NO IDEA THE U.S. WAS CAPABLE OF THIS KIND OF THING.
Will It Run?
A tip of the Old Kunnel's beanie to Will Robinet for sending this to me.
The B-24 Liberator bomber was first included in the United States military in 1939. They were designed to have an increased lifting power and a greater operational range than the B-17 Flying Fortress. Design modifications on the original B-24s included power turrets added to the B-24C model, turbo charged engines with an even greater range added to the B-24D model, and an additional gun turret added to the B-24G, H, and J models.
The Liberator series was the most heavily produced of any type in American history; more than nineteen thousand were built by May 1945.
[National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution]
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