B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber aircraft, built in large numbers, that was used on every front during World War II.

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Liberator

The B-24 was an American heavy bomber deployed in World War II. The aircraft was developed and built by the Consolidated Aircraft Company for the U.S. Air Force. It was nicknamed Liberator in the UK's Royal Air Force.

The B-24 was designed as an all-rounder: it was a heavy bomber and a maritime patrol aircraft as well as a strike aircraft that could also carry large amounts of cargo. It was the American bomber aircraft produced in the largest numbers and was used on every front during World War II.

The B-24 Liberator featured many revolutionary innovations and could carry out almost any task. The aircraft proved successful in bombing land targets and attacking submarines and, due to its long range, was also used for transporting cargo over the Pacific Ocean.

It dropped almost 635,000 tons of bombs on European, African and Pacific Ocean targets and destroyed 4,189 enemy aircraft.

Top view

  • wingspan - 33.5 m (108.2 ft)
  • length - 20.6 m (65.6 ft)
  • wing area - 97.4 m² (1,044 ft²)

In formation

Construction

  • propeller
  • machine gun tower
  • cockpit
  • engines
  • Leigh Light - A searchlight fitted on bombers, which helped in spotting and attacking submarines at night.
  • insignia - U.S. Air Force
  • landing gear
  • antenna
  • Pitot tube - A Pitot-static tube. A flow measurement device widely used to determine the airspeed of aircraft.
  • bombs

Leigh Light

The Leigh Light was a 22-million candela searchlight with a diameter of 61 cm (24 inch) fitted to a number of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Coastal Command heavy bomber aircraft to help them spot surfaced German submarines.

The special device was designed by Humphrey de Verde Leigh, a RAF personnel officer. The searchlight was fitted to numerous Liberator bombers as well.

Bombing

Narration

The B-24 was an American heavy bomber deployed in World War II. The aircraft was developed and built by the Consolidated Aircraft Company for the U.S. Air Force. It was nicknamed Liberator in the UK's Royal Air Force.

The B-24 was designed as an all-rounder: it was a heavy bomber and a maritime patrol aircraft as well as a strike aircraft that could also carry large amounts of cargo. It was the American bomber aircraft produced in the largest numbers and was used on every front during World War II.

The B-24 Liberator featured many revolutionary innovations and could carry out almost any task. The aircraft proved successful in bombing land targets and attacking submarines and, due to its long range, was also used for transporting cargo over the Pacific Ocean.

It dropped almost 635,000 tons of bombs on European, African and Pacific Ocean targets and destroyed 4,189 enemy aircraft.

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