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Consolidated B-24J Liberator – Dragon and his Tail, 64th BS, USAAF, Le Shima 1945

B-24J Liberator – Dragon and his Tail, 64th Bomb Sqn, USAAF

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B-24J Liberator “The Dragon and his Tail” of the 64th Bomb Sqn, 43rd bomb group based at Le Shima in 1945. Corgis first Liberator looks truly superb in natural metal with an almost full length Dragon down the side. This amazingly marked B-24 is considered to have one of the most colourful crew insignia of all time. Although non limited this is now a sought after model.

Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 18.25 inches

44-40973 The Dragon and His Tail first flew on 3rd June 1944 and was delivered to the AAF several days later. This gaudy, glorious and highly recognisable paint scheme was carried by The Dragon for most of its combat career and became famous for it. Based in le Shima, a place that was described by one crew member as a ‘lump of coral in the Bonins’, it fought throughout the Pacific as part of the 43rd Bomb Group.

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.

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Weight 4.1 kg