Markings:Right side: Indian Air Force, Number 6 Squadron, 1968. Left side: 446th Bomb Group, Bungay, England, 1944
CONSOLIDATED B-24J LIBERATOR
In all, 18,482 Liberators were built during World War II, making it the most produced American aircraft of the war. They were used by every branch of the American military and by several Allied nations. The "J" model was the most produced version of the B-24 with a total of 6,678 built.
Over 1,000 of these ended up in the hands of the Royal Air Force who used them as both traditional bombers and as maritime patrol aircraft.
The major allied powers retired the B-24 very quickly after the war; in fact, only one was left in American service by 1951. The British abandoned many Liberators in India at the end of the war; upon gaining its independence, the Republic of India put a number of them back in service and used them very successfully until the late 1960s.
A few of the U.S. Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer variants saw service as fire fighters in the United States well into the 1990s.
- Wingspan: 110 ft
- Length: 67 ft 2 in
- Height: 18 ft
- Weight: 65,000 lbs (loaded)
- Max. Speed: 290 mph
- Service Ceiling: 28,000 ft
- Range: 2,100 miles
- Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65 radials, 1,200 hp each
- Crew: 10