B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War by Robert F. Dorr

By Robert F. Dorr

Ever found in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the crusade. From its ignominious beginnings within the Allied rout within the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the japanese hurricane with a handful of bomb teams, which performed an important position in checking the enemy's growth to start with in New Guinea, after which actively engaging within the 'island hopping' crusade in the course of the south-west Pacific.

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USAR B-36H, 52-1366, being refueled on the snow-covered f lightline at Loring AFB. Notice the lethal AN/APG-32 tail gun system with the twin radomes enclosed in a single cover. (USAF) 56. Convair 8-36 tr 4*ii { {, *nf4il$ s#*s Huge hangar built at Rapid City Air Force Base (later Ellsworth AFB) in South Dakota. lt could easily accomodate two B-36s with room to spare. 4|'ti,t' crash of a RB-36 in Nswioundland. ST $. s. A': ALL THH WAY "GCA" ALL THE WAY. A little "humor" from the photo lab at Ellsworth AFB.

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The plane is lrom the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Notice the three ECM antennas are located as far back as possible to allow use ol the aft bomb bay when the RB36s' primary role changed to bombing. ind rhe ellecls ol a nuclear blast. 54. Convair 8-36 (lre e Olmsled) A 7th Bomb Wing 8-368 llying low over the Gulf of Mexico. Notice the shadows on the water ol two other bombers in the formation. (7th Bomb Wing B36 Association) SAC operations became global in nature. One of six B-36s from the 7th BombWing is shown here in the snow at Limestone (later Loring) AFB in January 1951.

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