Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34006: Consolidated B-24J Liberator #44-40193 “Booby Trap” of 90th BG, 321st BS, USAAF, Mindoro, The Phillipines, February 1945. Limited Edition of 3100 Pieces.
Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 18.25 inches
This aircraft is typical of the natural metal B-24’s operated by the ‘Jolly Rogers’ (90th BG) in the last year of the war. Booby Trap operated from McGuire Field, which the 90th Bombardment Group shared with the 380th BG ‘Flying Circus’. The tail markings are well known but less familiar to most is the fact that the ‘Jolly Rogers’ also had an A-20 and a C-47 with the same emblem, the skull and crossed bombs. The crew of Booby Trap were as follows: Major Stanley P Robeck, Unit Commander; 2 Lt John E Wise Jr, navigator: 2 Lt Irving Weinberg, bombardier; T/Sgt Leon E Lins, engineer; T/Sgt George J Erickson, radio operator; S/Sgt Kenneth A Johnson, gunner: S/Sgt George R Rothenberger, gunner: and S/Sgt James A Bregory, gunner. 44-40193 had made its first flight on 6th March 1944 and was delivered to the AAF at San Diego 48 hours later.
Designed to fill a United States Army Air Corps need for a heavy bomber, the B-24 Liberator was first flown on December 29, 1939. The USAAC originally asked Consolidated to build the B-17 under license, but the company instead chose to submit a more modern design with greater speed, greater range and a heavier bomb load. Despite these advantages, the B-24 was more difficult to fly, had poor formation-flying characteristics, and was much more vulnerable to battle damage, which meant it never became the favored bomber among American aircrews. It did prove more than serviceable, however, especially for long-range missions.