B23 Liberator restoration at Werribee near Melbourne

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There is a nice write up of the B24 Liberator restoration project at Werribee just west of Melbourne in this mornings Age newspaper.

www.theage.com.au/victoria/lovingly-restored-vintage-bomber-forced-to-spread-its-wings-20120505-1y5zu.html

For those interested in visiting it, the hanger is here:

Google map

The project teams website is here:

http://b24australia.org.au/
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:28

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:28
Opps.. Typo, should be B24

BTW, another interesting Australian B24 story here

http://www.factnotfictionfilms.com/shadylady.html
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:07

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 13:07
G'day Mr Pointyhead.

Do you know if this B24 Liberator bomber was based in Western Australia, at Corunna Downs air base ~ out of Marble Bar.

I am very curious as Corunna Downs air base has a brilliant WW2 history.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 15:56

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 15:56
Joe

The B-24 model B-24D-53-CO , Nose Art name "Shady Lady" Serial No 42-40369 was based at Fenton with the 380th Bomb Group,528 Squadron, it was manufactured at the Consolidated Factory at San Diego, USA and was completed on 12/02/1943, it's first test flight was 17/02/1943, it was flown to Amberly unknown date in 1943.
Corunna Downs was not a regular Airstrip, It was mainly used I believe as a jump off point , where they would load up with Bombs and strike places in the Dutch East Indies. These aircraft had over 1.3 million parts and were turned out every 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Check out the 2 Sunday History Photo's on the subject at threads 66624 and the re visit SHP 89223 .

It was a pleasure to be in contact with FNF Films about the project.


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Follow Up By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:44

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:44
G'day Doug T

Thanks for your reply and information regarding the B24 bombers.

Living and working in the Pilbara, I get to travel to places that were of great importance to Australias history, in this instance the B24 Bomber air base on Corunna Downs.

The place still has a very real mystique about it even today, to learn more of its importance and place in our nations history, gives a better understanding to it all. Shame these places and the people who were part of it all are slowly being lost, in a historical sense.

Thanks again Doug, its always good to read your work.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 21:06

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 21:06
G'day Joe

Yes..living not far from Fenton has created a huge interest in the B-24 for me, I now pay the $20 US dollars per year to be a guest member of the 380th BG, funny though, I went to Sydney in Oct 2010 to visit my Daughter at Orange, on the way back it a bit cool in Sydney and I had wondered what would happen if I wore my jacket with large words on the back 380TH BOMB GROUP, King of the Heavies into the airport and onto the plane , you know I didn't get challenged about it.

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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 10:35

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 10:35
Mate if you're down that way, the RAAF museum at Point Cook is only 10 minutes away and has a fantastic display of our air-power from the 1st world war onwards. They are restoring a Mosquito at present so a lot of wood work going on.

RAAF Museum - Point Cook

Entry is free as well.

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Reply By: faircrackofthewhip - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:40

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:40
I just thought share this for interest if you don't already know. The b24d liberator wreckage on Kroombit Tops NP .Between Monto and Gladstone Q. I have been to the sight twice and the eerie feeling that was undiscovered for nearly 50 years.
My young fulla found a serviceman's button just laying on the ground, doing the right thing ,I buried it close to where he found it. The sight can be accessed by vehicle and is well worth a look.
http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld89.htm
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