Consolidated B-24D Liberator – Jerk’s Natural, 328th BS, 93rd BG, USAAF, Benghazi, Libya, Ploesti Raid, August 1943
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US34013: Consolidated B-24D Liberator #41-23711 “Jerk’s Natural” of 328th BS, 93rd BG, USAAF, Benghazi, Libya, Ploesti Raid, August 1943. Limited Edition
of 1700 Pieces. Intended mainly for US issue.
Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 18.25 inches
This Consolidated-built machine was amongst the first B-24s assigned to the 93rd BG, known as “Ted’s Traveling Circus” after its colorful CO, Col. Ted Timberlake. The cloverleaf worn by this machine denoted that the bomber had visited Northern Ireland to undergo modification, while the U-boat silhouette signified a claim of a German submarine sinking by the crew, while flying anti-U-boat patrols over the Gulf of Mexico in mid-1942. Flown to Alconbury in September 1942 as part of the first wave of USAAF B-24s to arrive in England, 41-23711 participated in the Ploesti raid of August 1, 1943 and was eventually lost during a mission to Austria in October of that same year.
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.