B-24 Liberator Surprise Attack
B-24 Liberator Surprise Attack Nose Art
Dimensions: 40" x 18"
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is the most distinguished bombers of WW II.
The first bomber rolled off the assembly line at the Willow Run plant in Michigan in September 1942.
There was a total of 18,400 B-24 bombers built. With 8,600 built at the Willow Run plant. The B-24 became the most produced production line Bomber in World War II. It gained a prestigious wartime record. Utilized in the European, Pacific, African and Middle Eastern theaters.
It had to follow in the shadow of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the greatest bombers of World War II. But it wasn't without its problems, its flying characteristics were not as good as the B-17. They made the following improvements:
- Longer range
- Larger munitions load
- Tricycle style landing gear
- Higher top airspeed
- More efficient wing design
- Better flight performance characteristics
The B-24 also had a much higher rate of accidents than its predecessor, the Boeing B-17. This gave the B-24 a reputation as the widow maker.
With the evolution of formation flying the B-24 Bomber losses dramatically decreased and along with the support of long-range escort fighters, such as the P-51 Mustang. The B-24 Liberators are believed to have dropped well over 630,000 tons of bombs, while several thousand enemy aircraft fell to their guns.