Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thorembais-Saint-Trond ...

... rue du Culot ...

... Monument B-24H-1-CO Liberator - 41-29118
'Nine Yanks and a jerk' shot down on 12 April 1944 ...

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... was an American heavy bomber, built by Consolidated Aircraft.
It was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat
aircraft of World War II and still holds the record
as the most produced U.S. military aircraft.
It was used by many Allied air forces and every U.S. branch of service
during the war, attaining a distinguished war record with its operations
in the northern European, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters.

Because of obvious vulnerability of the B-24 to head-on attack,
the B-24H design made by Ford used a nose turret,
generally a modified Emerson A-6 tail turret.
The entire aircraft was redesigned to better fit the turret;
50 airframe changes were made, including
a redesigned bombardier compartment.

The tail turret was given larger windows for better visibility,
the top turret a higher bubble, and the waist gunner positions
were offset,
to reduce their interference during battle.
(Total: 3100)