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Gallery 4 - B24 Liberators:

Contains images associated with the B-24 Liberator and other aircraft.


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(Photo - thanks to Michael Graves, more at the bottom of page).  
First a few words about about the ...
CONSOLIDATED B-24D "LIBERATOR"



The 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).

(The above is a modified extract from www.456fis.org/B-24-A.htm)



More info on Wikipedia.



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).
8th USAAF B-24 Liberator
'Lucky Luke' is 'bombed up'
for its 28th mission from Hardwick,
England in April 1943.

(Thanks to WW2 Total, there's a nice
graphic on this site).

Lucky Luke



 
Unknown plane 001
In Hardwick, England, A B-24 Liberator
crew of the 93rd Bomb Group
prepares for a mission.
(Thanks to Wibbly Wobbly ...
,
there's more WWII stuff on the same site here
).
 
B-24 Liberator
B-24 Liberator




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

Miss Lucky

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


The Hardwick Squadron
A FABULOUS photo, click on it to enlarge.
8th Air Force, 93rd. bomb group, 409th squadron. Hardwick, England. June 1943

(Thanks to Michael Graves' gallery for the last three photos above.
Michael has loads of pictures of Hardwick, his WWII gallery is a MUST).





B24 Liberator Audio and Video files at Marshall Stelzriede's Wartime Story site.



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