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B - 24 D Liberator, "Ruthless" (Large) Die Cast Model Airplane by Corgi

B - 24 D Liberator,  "Ruthless"  (Large) Die Cast Model Airplane by Corgi - click to enlarge
Item# AA34017
$160.00
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Product Description

The Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" long range bomber was the most produced U.S. aircraft of World War 2. They were used in operations in every combat theater during the war. Because of the B-24's great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania on August 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater (used by the NAVY in PB4Y form). When production ended in May 1945, 18,475 B-24's had been built.

Source and Link: Wikipedia.

Consolidated B-24D-25 Liberator "Ruth-less," 506th BS, 44th BG, USAAF, RAF Shipdham (USAAF Station 115), Norfolk, England, Summer 1943

Limited Edition of 1500 Models Worldwide

The B-24 Liberator "Ruth-less" had an eventful life before even leaving the United States. While pilot Frank Slough was practicing formation flying, the pilot of another Liberator lost control and slammed into his aircraft, severing the tail of the other B-24 and smashing the nose of Slough's B-24. The co-pilot panicked and abandoned the aircraft, leaving the engineer, James Caillier, to take over as co-pilot and help to land the stricken craft. For this both received medals. Once in Great Britain the aircraft undertook many difficult raids, including missions to Kiel and, while on detachment to Libya, assaults on the Ploesti oil fields. 'Ruth-less' was lost on February 2, 1944 when it smashed into the top of a hill near Eastbourne. The crew was killed in the accident and today there is a memorial on the spot where it occurred.

During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a diecast body panel featuring the art in colourful, large-scale detail.

Scale: 1/72, Wingspan: 18.25", Length: 11.25"
Loose Parts: (not suitable for young children)
Fully assembled.
Limited Edition
Rotating gun turrets

Accessories

B - 24D Liberator,
Corgi
From the days when the skies were the new frontiers, the Aviation Archive charts the history of flight, commemorating significant military and civil aircraft and events from the early pioneering years to the present day.

Using original plans and rare archive material, each aircraft and livery has been carefully researched and authenticated to bring the aviation enthusiast the finest range of collectable die cast models. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the models feature rubber tires, interchangeable undercarriage, rotating propellers where applicable and high quality printed livery details. Beautifully packaged, each replica comes with a display stand, and two sets of landing gear (gear up and gear down).