B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator with its unique Davis Wing was one of the two workhorse bombers of the Army Air Forces in World War II. The B-24 was found to have better range than the B-17 and so it became the main heavy bomber in the Pacific until the B-29 made its appearance.

The Liberators made early appearances in Northeast Africa in 1942 basing out of Egypt and painted a desert-pink. Nearly 200 (177) of them would participate in one of the most noteable missions of the war to the Ploesti, Rumania, oil fields on August 1, 1943.

Both the 8th and 15th Air Forces would employ many B-24 groups in the war against Germany.