B-24 Liberator

Thirty three kilometres South West of Melbourne, in the suburb of Werribee in a hangar on the old Werribee Airfield. This airfield was an adjunct to the Point Cook base and during the War it was used to park ‘planes for assembly of aircraft brought over from England. For a bit of History look here.

One of the old hangars is now the home of the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration. Their website is http://www.b24australia.org.au.

Now I’ve been to museums and Art Galleries where there is a blanket ban of photographs, or at least the use of flashes, but I have never had so many people tell me. “Just a second mate and I take this ladder out of the way so you can get a decent shot of the cockpit…….

………………….and watch your head, Dear, (to the daughter) and come around this side.”

……………………..and if you duck down here to the bomb-bay doors you can look right through the back.

At this stage these two got down, moved the ladder and started explaining just how the bomb release mechanism worked. Those shiny things that look like very elaborate ladder rungs are what the bombs were attached to.

After which we went around the outside trying to get far enough away to get a decent shot,

or close enough to see the details in the gun turrets.

This turret is on a stand and will be fitted when the inside is completed.

And this shows why most little blokes got ‘prime’ position of ‘belly gunner’.

They have all four required engines and on some days they will fire one of them up. But it’ll cost you five dollars because aviation fuel is quite expensive.

Last thoughts? What a magnificent machine. And I said I agreed with her.

Now I put in all the photos without comment. (Includes a shot of an Australian Boomerang, more of which later.) (And please forgive the typos. I just get so excited that I want to publish straight away. )

 

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17 thoughts on “B-24 Liberator

    1. I think there was some seeding funds from the Australian War Memorial and the RAAF Association but they rely, now, on donations and a $5 entry fee. All the workers are volunteers. I will get a better answer when I go down again.

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  1. Yes, great customer service… something that’s missing a lot in this current world 😉
    My Dad would have been a kid in a candy shop there. Remember, he was an aircraft mechanic. He did serve in the AF, but during peace time, I think mid-60’s. I wonder if he worked on any of these?

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  2. Hullo! This makes me think of that time, of those days, and wonder what some smaller man who was climbing into position as the belly gunner was thinking… perhaps of his wife or girlfriend… maybe his mum… perhaps his mates and a good pint at the local… then to his duties. It is important to remember what happened and what such horrible conflicts cost. Thank you for sharing.

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