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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 Surviving Aircraft

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 planes 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 thirteen are known to exist around the world, either on display (10), under restoration (1), or airworthy (2).

B-24 Liberators in the United States

In the United States, only two aircraft are airworthy, and six complete airplanes are on static display, for a total of eight B-24 Liberator survivors, shown below listed by state. Other Liberators are on display around the world.

Model
S/N
Name
Location
Status
City
ST
B-24J
44-44175
Bungay Buckaroo
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175
Pima Air & Space Museum Static Display Tucson
AZ
B-24M
44-41916
Shady Lady
Consolidated B-24M Liberator "Shady Lady" S/N 44-41916
Castle Air Museum Static Display Atwater
CA
B-24J
44-44272
Joe
B-24 Liberator at the Fantasy of Flight Museum
Fantasy of Flight Museum Static Display Polk City
FL
B-24J
44-48781
Louisiana Belle II (former Laden Maiden)
Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-48781
Global Power Museum
Barksdale AFB
Static Display Bossier City
LA
B-24J
44-44052
Witchcraft
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation
Collings Foundation Airworthy Stow
MA
B-24D
42-72843
Strawberry Bitch
Left fuselage view of the B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Static Display Dayton
OH
B-24A
40-2366
Diamond Lil
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force
CAF Airworthy Dallas
TX
B-24D
41-23908
Unnamed B-24
Consolidated B-24D Liberator S/N 41-23908
Hill Aerospace Museum Static Display Ogden
UT


 

B-24 Liberator at the Imperial War Museum in the U.K.

Another B-24M is on display at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, U.K. It was built at the Ford Willow Run plant as S/N 44-51228, and assigned to the Wright Aeronautical Development Center in Minneapolis, Minnnesota, for ice research.

The bomber was retired from active service in 1954. It was flown to the Lackland Air Force Base Enlisted Mens Basic Training Centre in San Antonio, Texas, where it was displayed on the edge of the parade ground. Many recruits who passed through Lackland scratched there names/initials on it.

In early 1999 it was recovered by the Imperial War Museum. Today, it is painted as S/N 44-50493, "Dugan".

 

Other B-24 Liberators on Display

Model
S/N
Location
Status
City
B-24L

44-50206

Consolidated B-24L Liberator at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, UK

Royal Air Force Museum Static Display London, UK
B-24L

44-50154

Consolidated B-24L Liberator at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa

Canada Aviation and Space Museum Static Display Ottawa, Canada
B-24J

44-44213

Consolidated B-24J Liberator at the Indian Air Force Museum in Delhi, India

Indian Air Force Museum Static Display Delhi, India

 

B-24 Liberator Restoration in Australia

There is also a B-24M being restored in Australia, the last surviving Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Liberator, RAAF serial number A72-176. The plane was delivered from the United States in late 1944 as USAAF Serial Number 44-41956. The restoration is being done at a hangar at the former RAAF Werribee Aerodrome in Victoria.

The RAAF operated 287 B-24D, B-24J, B-24L and B-24M models from 1944 to 1948.

Read about the 2018 status of the restoration at AcesFlyingHigh

PB4Y-2 Privateer Survivors

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a World War II and Korean War era patrol bomber of the United States Navy based on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

Read more about the PB4Y-2 and survivors on this website

PB4Y-2 Privateer 59-819 at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
PB4Y-2 Privateer 59-819 at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona

 

B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" Photos by Airplanes Of The Past

Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-48781 at the Barksdale Global Power Museum
view more photographs of Louisiana Belle II
Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-48781

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

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

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

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

 

B-24D Liberator at the Hill Aerospace Museum ... Photographs by Airplanes 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

 

B-24J Liberator "Straberrry Bitch" Photos by Airplanes Of The Past

Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
view more photographs of B-24 Strawberry Bitch
Left fuselage view of the B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"

More Photographs of B-24 Survivors


B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force in flight (Photo courtesy of the CAF)
B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force in flight

 

B-24 Liberator "Shady Lady" on display at the Castle Air Museum in California
B-24 Liberator "Shady Lady"
B-24 Liberator "Joe" on display at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida
(Photo courtesy of the Fantasy of Flight Museum)
B-24 Liberator "Joe" on display at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida