B-24 Liberator & PB4Y Privateer Treasures

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A bunch of guys have been asking me to put all my B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer stuff in the same place to make it easy to see everything at once. Here goes:

TIDAL WAVE/Ploesti: 1 August 1943 Low Level Attack. This is my separate website for info on my upcoming TIDAL WAVE documentary (which has been in hiatus for several months while I went back to work to pay for all that research!). It has a bunch of stuff on the Ploesti B-24s, including the most accurate list of TIDAL WAVE B-24s that’s ever been created.

B-24 Official USAAF Maintenance Films. If you’re thinking about superdetailing a B-24/PB4Y kit this is absolutely required. The interior shots and "how stuff works" films are worth their weight in gold. These are the original USAAF maintenance training films for the mechanics who kept these big birds flying. All films have been digitally enhanced (except the original sound was too far gone and mostly still sucks–but not as bad as the originals, which are beyond awful).

B-24J Madame Pele Details Page. Photos & other good info.

B-24/PB4Y DECAL SETS STILL AVAILABLE

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #2. B-24H-15-FO, Leo, 493 BG, Bill Hilfinger pilot, Philip Brinkman (artist); F-7A (B-24J-1-CO), Hangover Haven II, 20 Combat Mapping Sq, natural metal scheme, John Noble.

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B-24 National Insignia – Early. This set includes all the early national insignia applied to B-24s, including the original 65" cocarde-only star (Freeman "Type 1" US national insignia), the original star with yellow outline as applied to many aircraft flying from British bases for better identification by British defense forces; and the RED-outlined 45" star-and-bar used from June 1943 to September 1943 and later (Freeman "Type 3"). Since the 8th Air Force (and some factories at certain times) painted out the white in the star (or star-and-bar) with light gray paint to reduce visibility, we’ve included light gray overlay decals in case your model requires them. Please note that my second set covering later B-24s (CED48272) will be available in the next increment of decals I make available.

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PYN-up B-24 Liberated Chics #1. Liberators with dramatic nose art: B-24J-120-CO, Madame Pele, 11 BG/98 BS; B-24H-10-DT, Jamaica? (different artwork on each side of nose), 466 BG/785 BS, Lt Larry Booth.

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PYN-up B-24 Ploesti Heroes #1. Of the many, many famous Liberators that participated in the famous low level bombing mission against the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, one of the most famous (or infamously maligned) was Lt Brian W. Flavelle’s B-24D-70-CO "Wongo Wongo" from the 513 BS/376 BG. Wongo and her crew are fully entitled to be called "Ploesti Heroes" even though they did not make it to Ploesti. It was the lead aircraft of the second section in the 376th Bomb Group formation enroute to Ploesti. The victim of a significant historical inaccuracy (some would say cover up), the less than expected results of the first wave of B-24s at Ploesti was attributed at the time by the Air Force to the loss of this crew, which was purported to the the "lead plane" carrying the "lead navigator." For unknown reasons, just short of the island of Corfu south of the east coast of Greece, Wongo stalled, then dove into the sea and exploded. Although the historical record shows Flavelle and his young navigator were the LEADs for the entire formation and therefore caused the various screw-ups that occurred later, this has been thoroughly debunked by both Colonels Keith Compton (376th commander) and John Kane (98th commander) in later years. In a 2000 interview, Compton clearly stated he flew the mission lead plane with Brigadier General Uzal Ent, the mission commander, aboard, and that he in fact led the entire mission under General Ent’s orders. The full story of this pathetic episode is told in the instruction sheet. The second Ploesti hero is B-24D-65-CO, 566 BS 389 BG, "Fightin’ Sam," flown by Capt Tom Conroy. "Sam" was nearly brand-new ship when the Ploesti mission occurred, and this decal set allows you to model it as flown to Ploesti and with several major versions of later markings.

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B-24/PB4Y National Insignia – September 1943 to 1947. This set includes the late war national insignia applied to B-24s, PB4Y-1s, and PB4Y-2s, including the 45" fuselage and wing US national insignia (stars & bars) in Insignia Blue and Insignia White applied to nearly all B-24s and the huge 65" fuselage stars applied to the early Willow Run built B-24Hs. Since the 8th Air Force (and some factories at certain times) painted out the white in the star (or star-and-bar) with light gray paint to reduce visibility, we’ve included light gray overlay decals in case your model requires them. In fact, many photos exist showing natural metal Liberators with grayed out national insignia (kind of defeats the purpose, but regulations are regulation!) We’ve also included a nice selection of Hamilton Standard prop logos. Finally, don’t forget that you’ll need national insignia for the 1/48 PYN-up Decals sets, which do not include them.

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PB4Y-2 Kit Decals. This is the decal from the 1/48 Privateer kit I produced several years ago at Cutting Edge Modelworks. NO, THERE ARE NO RESIN KITS LEFT! This decal set includes full markings for one WW II US Navy aircraft ("Ol’ Blunderbuss") and one French Navy (Aeronavale) aircraft that flew combat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #1. B-24J-120-CO, Madame Pele, 11 BG/98 BS; B-24H-10-DT, Jamaica? (different artwork on each side of nose), 466 BG/785 BS, Lt Larry Booth..

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PYN-up Decals Liberated Chics #2. Two of the most beautiful B-24 nose art schemes ever, this set includes B-24H-15-FO, "Leo," one of the famous "Zodiac" ships from the 493 BG, Bill Hilfinger pilot, Philip Brinkman (artist). NOTE: this is definitely NOT the same ship as the later and lesser-known "Leo" from the same unit that carried artwork showing a lion morphing into a woman. The second bird is F-7A (B-24J-1-CO), "Hangover Haven II," with its "drunken pink elephant" nose art from the 20 Combat Mapping Sq, natural metal scheme, John Noble, pilot, Al Merkling, artist.

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PYN-up Decals B-24 Ploesti Heroes #1. B-24D-65-CO, 566 BS 389 BG, Fightin’ Sam, Capt. Tom Conroy, Ploesti, Rumania, 1 August 1943; B-24D-70-CO, 513 BS, 376 BG, Wongo Wongo, Lt Brian W. Flavelle, Berka 2, Benghazi, Libya, 1 August 1943.

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