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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-war, Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Canadian Warplanes of the Second World War and post-War, 

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Data current to 14 Dec 2018.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber flown by the RCAF during the Second Word War.  It was designed with a shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load.  Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine.  In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling compared with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.  Roughly 18,500 B-24s were built in the USA during the war.   The RCAF flew them on long range anti-submarine patrols, with the B-24 serving an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic.  The RCAF flew a few B-24s post war as transports.  (Wikipedia)

Consolidated B-24D Liberator B Mk. III & Mk. V (22), (Serial Nos. 586-600, 3701-3707), B-24J Liberator GR Mk. VI (64), (Serial Nos. 3708-3742, 11101-11105, EW127-37, EW208-14, 16-18, 70, 81, 82), GR Mk. VIT (10), (Serial Nos. 570-579), B Mk. VI (36), (Serial Nos. KG880, 86, 88, 91, 92, 94, KG920, 22-24, 29-31, 78, KH105-10, 71-76, KH285-88, KK237-42), B-24M Liberator GR Mk. VIII (16), (Serial Nos. 11120-11135), for a total of 148 aircraft.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. I, carrying Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King and party en route to England, 19 Aug 1941, Gander, Newfoundland.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203452)

The first Liberators in British service were ex-USAAF YB-24s converted to Liberator GR Mk. Is (USAAF LB-30A).  The aircraft were all modified for logistic use in Montreal.  Changes included the removal of all armament, provision for passenger seating, a revised cabin oxygen and heating system.  Ferry Command's Atlantic Return Ferry Service flew civilian ferry pilots, who had delivered aircraft to the UK, back to North America.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. VI, RCAF, Dorval.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3607734)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. V, RAF (Serial No. BZ735), RCAF (Serial No. 595), X, No. 10 (BR) Sqn, ca 1944.  (DND Photo)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. V, RAF (Serial No. BZ735), RCAF (Serial No. 595), X, No. 10 (BR) Sqn, ca 1944.  (DND Photo)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. V, RCAF (Serial No. 598), No. 10 (BR) Sqn, Gander, Newfoundland, 29 Jul 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643016)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. KG923), AM, 23 Aug 1944, No. 5 OTU.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3523319)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. KG923).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583453)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), Waist .50 cal gun position, 23 Aug 1944, No. 5 OTU, RCAF.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643728)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF  (Serial No. 923),  Dorsal turret, 17 Aug 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643729)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), nose guns, 17 Aug 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643729)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), Ball gunners position, 17 Aug 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643731)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), Ball turret, 17 Aug 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583434)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF No. 11 (BR) Sqn, Dartmouth, NS, ca 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650476)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VIT, RCAF (Serial No. 570), cockpit, No. 168 Sqn, 14 Nov 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583585)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), armanent installation, 17 Aug 1944, No. 5 OTU, RCAF.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583431)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), tail gunner's turret, 17 Aug 1944, No. 5 OTU, RCAF.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583435)

 

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. III (Serial No. BZ899), RCAF No. 159 (B) Squadron, with a four-gun Boulton-Paul tail gun turret. SL Hugo Beall & FO Gordon Doherty, 4 May 1944.  The squadron was based at RAF Station Digri, Bengal, British India on the date the photo was taken. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4564724)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator B Mk. III (Serial No. BZ899), RCAF No. 159 (B) Squadron, with a four-gun Boulton-Paul tail gun turret.  FOP Pete Evans and Flt Sgt Stephens, 4 May 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN 4564729)

Boulton-Paul four-gun tail gunner's turret on a Handley-Page Halifax bomber.  (IWM Photo CH 11320)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. V, Gander, Newfoundland, 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650460)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643721) 

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No., 570), T, No. 168 Sqn, 14 Nov 1944.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643737)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No., 574), No. 168 Sqn, Rockcliffe, ca 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650487)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No., 574), No. 168 Sqn, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 2 July 1948.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584150)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 576), mail beingloaded at Rockcliffe, Ontario, 15 Jan 1945.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643734)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 572), off the runway.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583779)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 572), off the runway.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583778)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator C Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 574), 158 (HT) Sqn ex- USAAF B-24L (Serial No. 44-10583), modified as an executive transport and nicknamed the “Silver Saloon” used to fly Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King, with No. 168 Squadron, Rockcliffe, Ontario.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 3727), 'T', No. 11 (BR) Squadron, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 19 Feb 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4920964)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, (Serial No. 3721), T, No. 11 (BR) Squadron, RCAF, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 19 Feb 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 353352/3650477)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 3720), 'Q', of No. 11 (BR) Squadron, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, ca 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650480)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 3757), No. 11 (BR) Sqn, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, ca 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650481)

Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Douglas DC-3, Consolidated Canso A, and "Tiger Force" Lancasters on the ramp at Scoudouc, New Brunswick.  The VLR Liberators were being laid up for disposal after the U-Boats surrendered in 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 11507)

Consolidated B-24 Liberator memorial service, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 11507).  (Note, different photo, duplicate MIKAN No.)

Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator GR Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130), (5009), HE773, ex-USAAF (44-50154), ex-Indian Air Force.  (DND Photos via James Craik)

 (Author Photos)

Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator GR Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130), (5009), HE773, ex-USAAF (44-50154), ex-Indian Air Force.  Canada Air aned Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.