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A total of 18,493 four-engine twin-tail Consolidated B-24 Liberators were built to sustain the World War II effort, more than any other aircraft during the war. Over 1,000 of these ended up in the hands of the Royal Air Force who used them as both traditional bombers and as maritime patrol aircraft.

The "J" model was the most produced version of the B-24 with a total of 6,678 built.

B-24J S/N 44-44175 "Bungay Buckaroo" is on display indoors at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Many B-24J were sent to the RAF, who used them both as bombers and as patrol aircraft, and more were sent to India after World War II.

The aircraft on display at the Pima Museum flew coastal patrol missions with the Indian Air Force into the 1960s, and was donated to the museum by the Indian government. To honor its Indian service, the left side of the aircraft carries Indian Air Force markings.

Other B-24 Liberator Surviving Aircraft

Of the massive numbers of Liberators that were built, few survive today. In the United States, only two aircraft are airworthy, and six complete airframes are on static display, shown below listed by state.

Model
S/N
Name
Museum or AFB
Status
City
ST
B-24J
44-44175
Bungay Buckaroo Pima Air & Space Museum Static Display Tucson
AZ
B-24M
44-41916
Shady Lady Castle Air Museum Static Display Atwater
CA
B-24J
44-44272
Joe Fantasy of Flight Museum Static Display Polk City
FL
B-24J
44-48781
Louisiana Belle II Global Power Museum
Barksdale AFB
Static Display Bossier City
LA
B-24J
44-44052
Witchcraft Collings Foundation Airworthy Stow
MA
B-24D
42-72843
Strawberry Bitch National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Static Display Dayton
OH
B-24A
40-2366
Diamond Lil CAF B-24/B-29 Squadron Airworthy Addison
TX
B-24D
41-23908
Unnamed B-24 Hill Aerospace Museum Static Display Ogden
UT

B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" Photos Courtesy of the PlanesOfThePast Staff

Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24 "Bungay Buckaroo" Liberator at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Consolidated B-24 "Bungay Buckaroo" Liberator at the Pima Air & Space Museum



 

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