B-24 LIBERATOR UNITS OF
THE PACIFIC WAR
by Robert F. Dorr
Ever present in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the campaign. From its ignominious beginnings in the Allied rout in the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the Japanese storm with a handful of bomb groups, which played a crucial role in checking the enemy's progress firstly in New Guinea, and then actively participating in the 'island hopping' campaign through the south-west Pacific.
Fifth Air Force commander, General George C. Kenney, was a firm advocate in the 'Lib' right from the start, being convinced not only that the B-24 carried more bombs than the B-17, but had a greater range and could, if necessary, be flown seriously overloaded.
No one ever claimed it was more elegant or performed as well at high altitude, but in rugged climes, where long distance performance mattered - in short, in the Pacific - the B-24 became the right aircraft at the right time.
Aside from its use by the Army Air Forces, US Navy and Marine Corps units also received navalised Liberators in the form of PB4Y Privateers, which saw action in the Pacific. Finally, the bomber's exploits in the Aleutians and the Panama Canal Zone are also detailed in this unique volume, as is its use with the Royal Australian Air Force.
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