Well its Aircraft time (massive cheer I hear out there! lol) And a return to Dayton and an unseen shot..
Here is 'The Strawberry Bitch', a Consolidated B-24D Liberator.. Surrounded by other goodies as you can see!
The B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during World War II. Because of its great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania, on Aug. 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater. More than 18,000 Liberators were produced.
The B-24D on display flew combat missions from North Africa in 1943-1944 with the 512th Bomb Squadron. It was flown to the museum in May 1959. It is the same type airplane as the 'Lady Be Good' -- the world-famous B-24D that disappeared on a mission from North Africa in April 1943 and was found in the Libyan Desert in May 1959..
Armament: 10 .50-cal. machine guns and 8,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp each
Maximum speed: 303 mph
Cruising speed: 175 mph
Range: 2,850 miles
Ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Serial number: 42-72843
Thanks to the 'National Museum Of the U.S. Air Force' Website.. Details have been used about this aircraft..
Next photo I have a request for you all, I need to know what the aircraft are in the very long distance shot.. Coming tomorrow..
Oct 13, 2012 6:59:58 pmby neiwil Homepage »
Surely Bill and Rog could have moved out of the way while you got this shot :-) it looks like they've stopped for lunch.....what?....oh it's not them !..sorry my mistake... :-)
Thanks for the reminder about 'Lady Be Good', always a good mystery worth revisiting. Thanks for this pic too, maybe time for some new B-24 textures ;-)
Oct 13, 2012 10:18:04 pmby goodoleboy Homepage »
Great indoor shot of the big mama, Rob! The first time I've ever seen that color paint job on the big bomber. And, the skull and crossbones logo doesn't seem to go along with the name, Strawberry Bitch. How come no painting of a semi nude gal up front?
I believe more B-24s were manufactured than the highly touted B-17. And unless I'm mistaken, there was a high casualty rate among the Liberators in the Ploesti raid,