A new Haynes Manual, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator Manual, about America's most widely used World War Two four-engined aircraft includes unique access to the only combat example still flying in the world.
More than 18,000 Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers were manufactured in the United States, making it the most-produced American military aircraft of World War Two.
Author Graeme Douglas travelled to the States to visit one of only two remaining airworthy Liberators, named ‘Witchcraft’, which is owned and operated by the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts.
His book climbs inside the ‘Lib’ to reveal its construction and anatomy, power plant and armament.
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator Manual also explores the bomber’s distinguished war record with the help of first-person contributions from former B-24 flight crews, who tell what it was like to fly a B-24 in combat.
‘Libs’ were flown by the USAAF, RAF and Commonwealth air forces and US Navy on operations in North West Europe, the Mediterranean and Pacific and in the China–Burma–India theatres of operations.
About the author
Graeme Douglas is the author of the Haynes Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Manual. He has extensive experience working on preserved B-17s, including the Imperial War Museum's B-17 at Duxford, and the privately-owned B-17, Sally B. He lives in Essex.
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