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2017-11-20

Air Targets - Historical Data - WWII Vintage Aircrafts Used Post-War

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B-24  Liberator  &  PV4Y-2 Privateer

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Country AF NA Type Qty Aircraft Name 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
Australia AF BB 13 B-24D Liberator 1944 1952              
Australia AF BB 144 B-24J Liberator 1944 1952              
Australia AF BB 83 B-24L Liberator 1944 1952              
Australia AF BB 47 B-24M Liberator 1944 1952              
Australia AF TM 2 C-87 Liberator.Express 1944 1952              
Canada AF BB 22 B24 Liberator.III 1943 1947              
Canada AF BB 34 B24 Liberator.VI 1944 1947              
Canada AF ASW 64 B24 Liberator.GR.VI 1943 1947              
Canada AF TR 26 B24 Liberator.GR.VIT 1944 1947              
Canada AF ASW 16 B24 Liberator.GR.VIII 1945 1947              
Taiwan AF BB 37 B24J Liberator 1944 1958 >> >> 1958              
Taiwan AF TM 3 C-87 Liberator.Express 1946 1951              
India AF BB 16 B24J Liberator 1949 1957 >> 1957              
India AF ASW 16 B24J Liberator 1951 1968 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1968
India AF   TM 2 C-87 Liberator.Express 1950 1968 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1968
Nicaragua AF BB 2 PB4Y-2 Privateer 1948 1957 >> 1957              
France NA ASW 24 PB4Y-2S Privateer 1950 1959 >> >> >> 1959              
Taiwan AF ASW ?? PB4Y-2 Privateer 1952 1962 >> >> >> >> >> 1961              
Honduras AF   BB 3 PB4Y-2 Privateer 1956 1973 1956 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1973
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The Indian Air Force is the organisation which made the most significant post-war use of the B-24 Liberator.  In 1948, 40 airframes have been patched up from the 100 derelict airframes present at the scrap yard at Chakeri airfield, Kanpur, enabling them to undertake a ferry flight to Bangalore, where HAL refurbished them to pristine service condition.
 
5 Squadron was the first to be equipped with half a dozen bombers in November 1948 before receiving its full complement of 16 bombers.  They were only replaced in 1957 when 5 Sqn was re-equipped with Canberra jet bombers.
 
6 Squadron was the second to be equipped with a full complement of 16 bombers early in 1951.  The role assumed by 6 Sqn was martime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare, with an ASV-15 retractable radar installed where the belly "ball" turret use to be.   Typical weapons for these aircraft were depth charges and sonobuoys.   6 Sqn Liberators participated both in the 1961 takeover of the Goa Portuguese colony (dropping surrender leaflets and performing maritime reocnnaissance), and in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war (maritime patrols) before being retired in 1968.
 
16 Squadron was established late in 1951 as a traning squadron with two or three aircrafts only.
 
102 Survey Flight operated the pair of C-87 Liberator Express which were part of the salvaged airframes.   These were operated for photo-mapping purposes.
 
Serial numbers for the 42 IAF B-24 Liberators, were as follows

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 INDIAN AIR FORCE
Selected Serials - Resume above and Data below compiled from:
  http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?5841-RAF-links-to-IAF-Liberator-serial-Numbers
  www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Aircraft/History/927-B24.html
    
   Aircraft  Serial  Serial Marked  Note  -  -  -  -  -  -
01 B24   HE-710                
02 B24   HE-711                
03 B24 = CVII 44-39261 HE-712 cargo C-87              
04 B24J = BVI 44-44272 HE-771 "P" bomber Fantasy of Flight, USA            
05 B24   HE-772                
06 B24L = BVIII 44-50154 HE-773 "M" bomber Canada Aviation Museum, CAN            
07 B24   HE-787                
08 B24   HE-788                
09 B24   HE-789                
10 B24   HE-803                
11 B24   HE-804                
12 B24   HE-806 "Q"                
13 B24J = BVI 44-50206 HE-807 "K" bomber RAF Museum, Hendon, UK            
14 B24   HE-829                
15 B24   HE-830                
16 B24   HE-831                
17 B24   HE-832                
18 B24J = BVI 44-49052 HE-833 bomber              
19 B24J = BVI 44-49800 HE-834 bomber              
20 B24   HE-835                
21 B24J 44-10526 HE-839 bomber              
22 B24   HE-840                
23 B24J = BVI 42-99787 HE-841 bomber              
24 B24   HE-842                
25 B24 = CVII 44-39248 HE-843 cargo C-87              
26 B24   HE-845                
27 B24J = BVI 44-44263 HE-846 "T" bomber              
28 B24   HE-847                
29 B24J = BVI 44-44262 HE-848 bomber              
30 B24   HE-853                
31 B24 = GRVI 44-44175 HE-877 "A" PATMAR Pima Air & Space Museum, USA            
31 B24   HE-881                
33 B24   HE-886                
34 B24J = BVI 44-44181 HE-923 bomber              
35 B24 = GRVI 44-44213 HE-924 "L" PATMAR Indian Air Force Museum, INDIA            
36 B24   HE-925                
37 B24   HE-926                
38 B24   HE-927                
39 B24 = GRVI 44-44280 T18 PATMAR              
40 B24 = GRVI 44-44052 T18 PATMAR Collings Foundation, USA            

 COUNTRY AIR FORCE
Selected Serials - Data compiled from:
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   Aircraft  Serial  Note  Date.In1  Operator1  Crash1  Date.Out1  Date.In2  Operator2  Crash2  Date.Out2