Consolidated B-24J Liberator – Sleepy Time Gal, 776th BS, 464th BG, USAAF, Italy 1944. With Nose Art Panel
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US34014: Consolidated B-24J Liberator #42-99813 “Sleepy Time Gal” of 776th BS, 464th BG, USAAF, Italy. Complete with large scale nose art panel, intended mainly for US issue. Limited Edition of 1,180 Pieces.
Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 18.25 inches
This aircraft made a routine landing at Dübendorf, Switzerland, on July 19, 1944, after a raid on the BMW-Works at Munich-Allach. The crew found themselves in trouble en route to the target when the superchargers on their engines began to fail. Pilot Lt. James V. Moran managed to keep the bomber in formation, and it dropped its bombs on target. Soon after leaving the target area, the aircraft suffered an electrical system failure, which prevented the transfer of fuel from the wing tanks to the main fuselage tanks. Unable to make it back to base in Italy, the crew left formation west of Linz, Austria, and landed in neutral Switzerland. Here it remained until flown back to England for scrapping in October 1945.
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 favoured bomber among American aircrews. It did prove more than serviceable, however, especially for long-range missions.