B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War
Ever present in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day during World War II (1939-1945), the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the campaign. From its ignominious beginnings in the Allied rout in the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the Japanese storm with a handful of bomb groups, which played a crucial role in checking the enemy's progress firstly in New Guinea, and then actively participating in the 'island hopping' campaign through the south-west Pacific.
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11th BG 23rd BS/5th BG 5th BG aircraft airfield Allan G Blue altitude April atoll attack August Australia B-24 Liberator B-25 Mitchells Balikpapan ball turret began BG's Biak Bill Bartsch bomb Bomber Barons Borneo BuNo central Pacific co-pilot combat mission Consolidated crew members days later December delivered Faulkner FEAF February Ferry Command Fifth Air Force flak flew flight flown Flying Fortresses Funafuti Gen Kenney Guadalcanal Guinea gunner guns January Japan Japanese fighters Japanese shipping Java Jogjakarta Jolly Rogers July landing LB-30 Liberator Liberator crews Long Rangers Maj Gen March Morotai Navy nickname night Noemfoor nose art nose turret November operations Panama PB4Y-1 Liberator PB4Y-2 Privateer Pearl Harbor Philippines pilot plane Port Moresby RAAF Rabaul radar raid reconnaissance S/Sgt San Diego September 1944 Seventh Air Force Snooper sorties south-west Pacific squadron Straubel tail Tarawa target Thirteenth Air Force took Truk William Hess Willis Hale Zero