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B-24 "Liberator"

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B-24 Liberator

The Vultee-designed B-24 was the most widely used four-engine bomber of World War II. More than 18,000 were built to fly long-range bomb missions in all theaters of the world. Its great range made it useful for anti-submarine patrol missions. The first Liberators to go into combat were designated LB-30 and were used by the RAF of Great Britain. A later model, the B-24J, was the most famous of the Liberator series. The outstanding feature of all Liberators is its wing, which is an adaptation of the famous Davis high-lift airfoil. B-24’s were the main equipment used by the 8th Air Force in the massive daylight bombing offensive of 1943-1945 and flew in dense formations protected by combined firepower and, in later months, by escort fighters. They gained fame during the famous raid on the Ploesti oil industry in Romania on Sunday, 1 August 1943. The 93rd, one of three 8th Air Force bombardment groups (376th & 44th), received a distinguished unit citation for the exploits that day.

This B-24 represents one of the aircraft of the 93rd Bombardment Group. This group was the oldest in the 8th Air Force. It flew more missions than any other group in the 8th. The 93rd’s first mission was on October 9, 1942, and its last, on April 25, 1945. A total of 396.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Ford
Wing Span: 110′
Length: 67′ 2″
Height: 17′ 11″
Empty Weight: 36,000 lbs
Gross Weight: 56,000 lbs
Speed: 300 mph
Range: 4,000 miles
Altitude: 36,000′
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65G (1,200 horsepower)
Quantity Produced: 18,036 (all models)
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