WWII Bomber - The B-24

WWII Bomber - The B-24 American History Social Studies World War II Tragedies and Triumphs

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber, with a significant flying range, used by America and its Allies during World War II.  The plane was flown in both the Pacific and European theaters.

By the time the war was over, 18,482 B-24s (of various models) had been built in the United States. 

In this photo, we see a B-24D - the model which Louis Zamperini and his crew members flew in the South Pacific.  The pictured plane  was based at Maxwell Field, in Alabama, where pilots learned to fly four-engine planes.

In all, 2,698 such planes were built, or converted, during the war years.  The four-engine bomber had the following technical features:

Armament:  11 .50-cal. and 8,000 lbs. of bombs (eight or nine .50-cal. machine guns on early models)

Engines:  Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43 supercharged radials of 1,200 hp each (takeoff power)

Maximum speed:  303 mph

Cruising speed:  200 mph

Range:  4,600 miles (maximum ferry range);  2,850 miles with 5,000 lbs. bomb load

Service ceiling:  32,000 ft.

Span:  110 ft. 0 in.

Length:  64 ft. 4 in.

Height:  17 ft. 11 in.

  56,000 lbs. loaded 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 12, 2016

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Photo of B-24D, online courtesy U.S. Air Force.


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