Amazing details can be seen on these two B-24s from the 489th Bomb Group as they return to England in 1944.
The B-24 was used extensively in World War II. It served in every branch of the American armed forces. It also served in several Allied air forces (and navies). Along with the B-17, the B-24 was the mainstay of the US strategic bombing campaign. The campaign was carried out in the Western European theater. Due to its range, it proved useful in bombing operations in the Pacific. It was involved in the bombing of Japan.
The B-24 was a modern design. It featured an efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed. The wing also provided long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine.
The military favored the B-24. It procured it in huge numbers for a wide variety of roles. The numbers are approximately 18,500 units, including 8,685 manufactured by Ford Motor Company. It holds records as the world’s most produced bomber, heavy bomber, multi-engine aircraft, and American military aircraft in history.
489th Bombardment Group
During World War II, the 489th Bombardment Group was a Consolidated B-24 Liberator unit. After training in the United States, it moved to England as an element of Eighth Air Force, stationed at RAF Halesworth, England. Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance of the group was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and actions on the day before D-Day over Wimereux, France. It was the only Medal of Honor awarded to a B-24 crewman for a mission flown from England. The group returned to the United States in 1944 and converted to a Boeing B-29 Superfortress group, but the war ended before the group could deploy to the Pacific.
The 18 x 24″ prints are available in Limited Edition sizes of 300 Signed & Numbered and 30 Artist Proofs.