Rare B-24 Liberator Takes Chicago By Storm – View From The Gunner’s Seat
A Liberating Sight.
The B-24 Liberator was one of the most iconic bombers during World War II. Serving in every branch of the armed forces the B-24 became a mainstay in missions against the Axis Powers. Built at a rate of one-per-hour the B-24’s numbers reached over 18,000 establishing it as the most-produced bomber in history. Sporting a wingspan of 110 feet, flying at speeds of up to 290 mph and housing a crew of 11, the Liberator is a fearsome weapon of war. Despite the record production numbers, we do not see the B-24 very often and less than 30 still survive.
“The B-24s were abandoned by the RAF after the war and were left at the Chekeri airfield in Kanpur, India. The RAF had disabled the aircraft, by smashing the airplanes with bulldozers, hacking holes in the fuselages with axes, breaking the instruments and pouring sand into the engines.”
One of those surviving B-24s known as Witchcraft travels with the Wings of Freedom Tour visiting airports around the country. Witchcraft made an appearance in Chicago and took guests on a flight allowing them a view from the gunner’s seat.