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.
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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)
Rotating gun turrets