Consolidated Liberator VIII

The Consolidated Liberator VIII was the RAF designation for late production B-24Js. The type equipped twenty three squadrons, although ten of those were post-war transport squadrons, leaving thirteen wartime operators of the aircraft. Of those squadrons, eight were UK based, seven operating with coastal command and one as a long range transport squadron. Four squadrons used the Liberator VIII from India, three using it as a bomber over South East Asia, and one as a transport unit. Finally No.614 Squadron based in Italy used the Liberator VIII for a mix of bombing and supply drop missions over northern Italy and the Balkans. The Liberator VIII was the last version of the Liberator to be used as a bomber by the RAF.

Squadron

Dates

Location

Duty

53

Jan 45-June 46

Britain

Anti-submarine patrols

59

Mar 45-June 46

Britain

Anti-submarine patrols

86

Feb 45-April 46

Britain

Anti-submarine patrols

102

Sept 45-Feb 46

Britain

Post-war transport

120

Dec 44-June 45

Britain

Anti-submarine patrols

159

June 45-May 46

India

Bombing over Burma

160

Oct 45-Sept 46

India

Post-war transport

203

Jan 46-Oct 46

India

Post-war transport

206

April 45-April 46

Britain

Maritime patrols

214

July 45-Dec 45

Palestine

Post-war

215

Aug 44-April 45

India

Bombing, special duties and coastal patrols around Burma

220

July 45-May 46

Britain

Post-war transport

224

1944-Oct 45

Britain

Coastal Command

228

June 46-Sept 46

Britain

Post-war transport

232

Feb 45-Aug 46

India

Transport

246

Oct 44-Nov 45

Britain

Transport to middle east

355

Aug 45-May 46

India

Bombing over South East Asia

422

Aug 45-Sept 45

Britain

Post-war transport

423

Aug 45-Sept 45

Britain

Post-war transport

426

July 45-Dec 45

India

Post-war transport

466

October 1945

Britain

Post-war transport

547

Mar 45-June 45

Britain

Coastal Command

614

Aug 44-July 45

Italy

Bombing and supply drops

 Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Crowood Aviation), Martin W. Bowman. A well balanced book that begins with a look at the development history of the B-24, before spending nine out of its ten chapters looking at the combat career of the aircraft in the USAAF, the US Navy and the RAF.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 February 2008), Consolidated Liberator VIII , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_liberator_VIII.html

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