Restoring the last surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2016 Update
Dean has an update on the penultimate B-24 model–the B-24M–restoration as well as the only B-24 displayed in the southern hemisphere. As with most aircraft models weight creep affected later models but it affected the Liberator more than most since the wing was not enlarged. The M was lighter, though, than the previous L model in the effort to bring performance up. Read Deano’s, as usual for him, complete and eloquent report 🙂
In 2013 I wrote about the long-term project by the B-24 Liberator Restoration Fund (formed in 1989 and manned by a dedicated group of volunteers) in Werribee, Victoria to restore the last surviving Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomberoperated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in World War Two. This particular aircraft is a B-24M model (RAAF serial number A72-176) and is also the only B-24 in the southern hemisphere (there are only around 14 complete airframes surviving around the world today with a couple still flying in the USA).
The story of this aircraft being the last surviving RAAF B-24 Liberator is quite remarkable given 287 examples served in RAAF bomber squadrons No. 12, 21, 23, 24, 25, 99 and 102, along with No. 7 Operational Training Unit in Tocumwal, NSW which received the first…
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