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Consolidated B-24 Liberator: books - history and deployment

A book about the Consolidated B-24 Liberator? Here are books on the history, squadrons and deployment of Consolidated B-24 bombers.

B-24 - Missions de combat - Témoignages d'équipages de Liberator au-dessus de l'Europe occupé

Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le bombardier B-24 Liberator a été produit en plus grande quantité que n'importe quel autre avion militaire américain, y compris le B-17. Il fut la colonne vertébrale de l'offensive de bombardement de l'USAAF contre l'Allemagne, aux côtés du B-17. Le Liberator effectua des contributions significatives dans d'autres rôles, notamment dans le Pacifique, où - grâce à sa formidable capacité à bombarder des cibles japonaises à basse altitude- il fournit un soutien inestimable à l'US Navy. En dépit de sa remarquable carrière, le B-24 - et les aviateurs qui volèrent à ses commandes- resta toujours dans l'ombre de son frère, le B-17. Ce livre a pour ambition de rétablir l'équilibre entre les deux appareils.

Cet ouvrage fournit une quantité de détails techniques et opérationnels à propos de l'avion, sur chaque arme et/ou équipement des membres de l'équipage. Le coeur de ce livre repose néanmoins sur les nombreux témoignages de missions de combat effectuées par les membres d'équipage de Liberator, dont beaucoup n'ont jamais été publiés jusqu'alors. Le B-24 est sans doute mieux connu pour ses raids au-dessus de l'Europe occupée, au sein de la 8e et de la 15e Air Force. Les témoignages que comporte ce livre se rapportent tous au théâtre d'opérations européen. Ils révèlent, avec force détails, ce que c'était d'effectuer une mission de combat du point de vue de chaque membre d'équipage, du pilote jusqu'au mitrailleur de queue.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:160 pages, 28 x 25.5 cm / 11 x 10 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2011)
EAN:9782726895665
Book: B-24 - Missions de combat - Témoignages d'équipages de Liberator au-dessus de l'Europe occupé

B-24 - Missions de combat - Témoignages d'équipages de Liberator au-dessus de l'Europe occupé

Language: French

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B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force (Osprey)

The B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers than any other US warplane, yet its combat crews live, even today, in the shadow of the less plentiful, but better-known, B-17. Accounts of the 'Mighty Eighth' in Europe, and indeed many of the books and films that emerged from the greatest air campaign in history, often overlook the B-24, even though it was in action for as long as the Flying Fortress, and participated in just as many perilous daylight bombing missions.

Contents: 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945 - Appendices.

Author:Robert F. Dorr
Specs:96 pages, 24 x 17.5 x 0.9 cm / 9 x 6.9 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1999)
Series:Combat Aircraft (15)
EAN:9781855329010
Book: B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force (Osprey)

B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force

Language: English

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B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force / 49th Bomb Wing in World War II

The first in a planned series that presents the B-24 Liberators used by the 15th Air Force in World War II, noted B-24 historians Robert Beitling and Mike Hill present for the first time the biographies of the individual B-24s used by the 451st, 461st and 484th Bomb Groups of the 49th Bomb Wing in Italy.

As much information as is known about the individual aircraft is presented in biographical form: serial number, nickname, how the aircraft received its nickname, number of missions, original aircraft for the groups, and the ultimate fate of the aircraft.
The volume will be of interest to historians, veterans and those who are interested in the B-24s that flew in the flak filled skies of the Third Reich.

Author:Michael D. Hill
Specs:160 pages, 29 x 22.5 x 2.1 cm / 11.4 x 8.9 x 0.83 in, hardback
Illustrations:300+ b&w photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2006)
EAN:9780764324239
Book: B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force / 49th Bomb Wing in World War II

B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force / 49th Bomb Wing in World War II

Language: English

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B-24 Liberator Units of the Fifteenth Air Force (Osprey)

The B-24 was heavily utilised in the North African and Mediterranean theatres by the USAAF's Fifteenth Air Force, with operations over the Ploesti oilfields in Rumania being some of the most famous missions undertaken by the big American 'heavy' in World War 2.

The stirling work of the Fifteenth Air Force is often overshadowed by the glamorous 'Mighty Eighth', yet the men flying the B-24 fought ceaselessly right through to VE Day. This is the third of five titles planned to chart the operational history of the Consolidated heavy bomber, and is the first single volume to exclusively cover the Fifteenth Air Force's B-24 units.

Author:Robert F. Dorr
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18 x 0.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.1 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2001)
Series:Combat Aircraft (21)
EAN:9781841760810
Book: B-24 Liberator Units of the Fifteenth Air Force (Osprey)

B-24 Liberator Units of the Fifteenth Air Force

Language: English

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Liberators over the Atlantic

An informative and personal account of a young man's flying experiences during WW2. Growing up in York, shaped by the threat of war-Jack Colman achieves his long held desire to become a pilot, joining the RAF in October 1940 just after his 21st birthday.
He is sent to Canada to learn to fly and becomes intrigued by the technical and practical aspects of flying and navigation. Becoming a Pilot/Navigator, he joins Costal Command on Liberators based in Iceland.

The practical difficulties of flying over the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans protecting the convoys and hunting U-boats are relived as he battles with atrocious weather and navigational uncertainties.
His brushes with death whether due to mechanical failure, hitting the sea, U-boat gun fire or running out of fuel, in an ever changing hostile environment are described realistically and calmly (often with humour), situations helped by a confidence in the good advice given by others, his knowledge, skills and a trust in his crew.
When training he hears about the death of his father, on leave he finds time to fall in love and marry.

Author:Jack Colman
Specs:304 pages, 45.5 x 24 x 3.5 cm / 17.9 x 9 x 1.38 in, hardback
Illustrations:32 b&w photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781781556504
Book: Liberators over the Atlantic

Liberators over the Atlantic

Language: English

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U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons: in Great Britain during World War II

This book on USN and USMC bomber units of the Second World War, is the story of U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Seven (FAW-7) and the men who flew the Navy version of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber out of Dunkeswell and Upottery, England during World War II.

Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator squadrons were unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Army's 8th Air Force, who battled their way through thick flak and swarms of German fighters while flying to and from targets in continental Europe. The job of U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircrews was to keep German U-boats from successfully operating in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel by going out day after day, often in miserable weather conditions, on unrelenting search and destroy missions.

During the war, FAW-7 Liberators were responsible for the sinking of five U-boats and damaging many more.

Author:Alan C. Carey
Specs:160 pages, 28 x 22 x 1.1 cm / 11 x 8.7 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:300+ b&w photographs, profile drawings in colour
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
EAN:9780764317750
Book: U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons: in Great Britain during World War II

U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons: in Great Britain during World War II

Language: English

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B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators Over Burma

Provides a gripping and detailed account of RAF Liberator missions against the Japanese in Asia. British and Commonwealth aircrews displayed great gallantry in many instances on low-level precise bombing sorties destroying specific targets, including a great number of bridges constructed by the Japanese in their conquest to reach India.

A number of detailed accounts are based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrews. 159 Squadron was the first four-engine heavy bomber squadron that flew from India and operated over Burma. They instigated greater accuracy in destroying a multitude of vital targets.

The legendary film The Bridge over the River Kwai (1957) evokes images that are historically set in celluloid; however, that blockbusting film had separated fact from fiction and this book examines the true events that took place through 'Bridge Busting', including techniques developed and deployed by the RAF against the Japanese.

Features:
- Referenced from operational flying log books written by aircrews during the Second World War
- Provides a detailed examination of the Japanese military administration and occupation of Burma
- Provides the true account of the destruction of the infamous bridge over the River Kwai
- Profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs.

Author:Colin Pateman
Specs:208 pages, 24 x 16.5 x 2.4 cm / 9 x 6.5 x 0.94 in, hardback
Illustrations:38 b&w photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781781555194
Book: B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators Over Burma

B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators Over Burma

Language: English

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Special Ops Liberators - 223 (Bomber Support) Squadron, 100 Group, and the Electronic War

The work of the RAF's 100 Group remains one of the least known aspects of the 1939-45 war. Even less has been written about the specifics of day-to-day electronic warface operations and the countermeasures employed.
This book, the result of many years meticulous research by Squadron Leader Richard Forder RAF (Ret'd) redresses the balance by focussing on one the heavy units, 223, and its sister units at RAF Oulton, Norfolk.

Equipped with former USAAF Liberators, they operated from August 1944 to the end of the European war, with a primary role of protecting Bomber Command Main Force ops by radio and radar countermeasures against German defences.
By analysing original documents and recording first hand accounts from both sides of the conflict, including those of Main Force personnel, Forder and Bond present a complete, detailed and valuable picture of the secret and vital activities of the special operatives, and their effect on German defences.

Author:Steve Bond, Richard Forder
Specs:224 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2.7 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 1.06 in, hardback
Illustrations:illustrations, maps
Publisher:Grub Street (GB, 2011)
EAN:9781908117144
Book: Special Ops Liberators - 223 (Bomber Support) Squadron, 100 Group, and the Electronic War

Special Ops Liberators - 223 (Bomber Support) Squadron, 100 Group, and the Electronic War

Language: English

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B-24 Nose Art Name Directory - includes Group, Squadron and Aircraft Serial Numbers

This volume is organized two ways: by the name given to the Consolidated B-24 aircraft in all their variations from World War II era and also by the unit with which the aircraft served. Over 7,800 entries, includes group, squadron, serial number, and vintage photos. The photos in this book are black and white.

Author:Wallace Forman
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 1998)
EAN:9781580072267
Book: B-24 Nose Art Name Directory - includes Group, Squadron and Aircraft Serial Numbers

B-24 Nose Art Name Directory - includes Group, Squadron and Aircraft Serial Numbers

Language: English

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