B-24D Liberator Strawberry Bitch

The first really mass produced version of the Liberator, the B-24D had improved R-1830-43 engines, and on early examples, a remotely controlled Bendix belly turret. This proved unsuccessful, and was replaced first by a tunnel gun position and later by a retractable Sperry ball turret.

B-24D Strawberry Bitch

B-24D 42-72843 Strawberry Bitch, seen here displayed in the NMUSAF’s WWII Gallery, is a combat veteran of the fighting in North Africa, serving with the 512th Bomb Squadron. Preserved postwar, it was flown to Dayton in the spring of 1959 for display.

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