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List of B-24 Liberator Surviving Aircraft

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was a 4-engine, twin-tail heavy bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego. Its first flight was on December 29, 1939, and it began service in 1941.

The B-24's spacious, slab-sided fuselage was built around a central bomb bay with two compartments that could accommodate up to 8,000 pounds of ordnance each. The B-24 provided excellent service in a variety of roles due to its large payload and long range.

B-24 Liberator Survivors

A total of 18,493 Liberators were built, more than any other airplane in World War II. Several factories produced the Liberator:

  • Original Consolidated plant in San Diego
  • A second Consolidated plant in Fort Worth
  • Ford Motor Co. at Willow Run, Michigan
  • North American Aviation in Dallas
  • Douglas Aircraft Co. in Tulsa

After the end of World War II in August of 1945, the U.S. Army Air Corp found itself with thousands of surplus, and now obsolete, B-24 Liberators. Most were sent to military aircraft boneyards for temporary storage, sale, or scrapping and smelting into aluminum ingots. While some were sold and continued usage in civilian aviation, most ended their service, not in combat, but in the smelter at locations such as Kingman Army Air Field in Arizona.

Read more about B-24 Liberator storage, scrapping and smelting into ingots after World War II

Of the massive numbers of Liberators that were built, only serveral 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 (former Laden Maiden) 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 "Louisiana Belle II" Photos by Planes Of The Past

Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-48781 on display at the Barksdale Global Power Museum
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Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-8781 on display at the Barksdale Global Power Museum

B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" Photographs by Planes Of The Past

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

B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" Photos by Planes Of The Past

Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation
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Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation

B-24D Liberator at the Hill Aerospace Museum ... Photographs by Planes Of The Past

Diorama of Consolidated B-24D Liberator S/N 41-23908 at the Hill Aerospace Museum
view more photographs of the restored B-24 at the Hill Aerospace Museum
Consolidated B-24D Liberator S/N 41-23908 at the Hill Aerospace Museum

More Photographs of B-24 Survivors

Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force



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