The Liberator by Joseph Najera

 

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The B-24 Liberator was used during World War II.  By 1943 the B-24 replaced the B-17 as the main long range bomber.  It was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 turbo-supercharged radial engines, producing 1,200 horsepower each.

They were a little over sixty-eight feet in length.  The wingspan was 110 feet.  They were 18 feet high and they carried a crew of seven to ten members.

The Liberator carried ten 50 caliber machine guns and carried up to 8,000 pounds of bombs.

They were used in Europe and in the Pacific.

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The following photographs are of the “All-American”.  It is the last flying B-24.  It came to the San Jose airport a while ago and was open to the public.

The plane is supported by sponsors and by charging admission.  The sponsors’ names are listed on the side of the plane. I was happy to pay for this walk through history.

Also listed on the plane are the names of the past crew members.  The lady in blue is looking at the names.

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There is a man in a dark suit and a captain’s hat on the stairs.  He was a B-24 pilot during World War II.  The people are lining up to walk through the plane.  It was a three-hour wait and my wife and I were at the end of the line.

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The visitors to the plane entered through the tail section.

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Here is a view of the cockpit.  Looking at these primitives devices, I find it amazing that twenty years later our country was sending men into space.

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Below the dual guns at the front, is the glass window the bombardiers used for sighting or aiming their bombs.

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Here is a closer view of the propeller and engine.

 

I am in the midsection just outside the bombay.  I have to bend down.  There is not much room in there for a taller person.

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Here is a close-up view of the waist gun.  A docent told me that each gun had available only one minute’s worth of ammunition.  This was to keep the weight down on a long flight.

img_20161010_0027img_20161010_0028Here is a side view of the tail gun.

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The gun turret moves left to right and the guns move up and down.

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Most of the older men there actually flew in in these planes.

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The man with the beige cap was a pilot and told us how he had to bail out of his plane when the bombs he was carrying started exploding before they were dropped.  He said he was captured by the Germans and was a (POW), Prisoner of War for the duration.

img_20161010_0034Remembering.

 

Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

I am sure that the good men that flew in these planes received that blessing.

 

 

 

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About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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