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B-24 Liberator Model, USAAF, "'Ruth-less," 506th BS - Corgi AA34017


B-24 Liberator Model, USAAF, "'Ruth-less," 506th BS - Corgi AA34017 - click to enlarge
B-24 Liberator Model, USAAF, "'Ruth-less," 506th BS - Corgi AA34017 - click to enlarge


Item No. CG-AA34017
$179.95
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Description

Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model

Consolidated B-24D-25 Liberator – "Ruth-less," 506th BS, 44th BG, USAAF, RAF Shipdham (USAAF Station 115), Norfolk, England, Summer 1943

1:72 Scale.  Length: 11.25".  Wingspan: 18"



Limited Edition of 1500 Models Worldwide


The B-24 Liberator "Ruth-less" had an eventful life before even leaving the United States. While pilot Frank Slough was practicing formation flying, the pilot of another Liberator lost control and slammed into his aircraft, severing the tail of the other B-24 and smashing the nose of Slough's B-24. The co-pilot panicked and abandoned the aircraft, leaving the engineer, James Caillier, to take over as co-pilot and help to land the stricken craft. For this both received medals. Once in Great Britain the aircraft undertook many difficult raids, including missions to Kiel and, while on detachment to Libya, assaults on the Ploesti oil fields. 'Ruth-less' was lost on February 2, 1944 when it smashed into the top of a hill near Eastbourne. The crew was killed in the accident and today there is a memorial on the spot where it occurred.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed and largely built by the Consolidated Aircraft Company, San Diego, California. It was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft of World War II, and still holds the record as the most produced American military or naval aircraft. The B-24 Liberator was used by several Allied air forces and navies and by every branch of the American armed forces during the war, attaining a distinguished war record with operations in the Western European, Pacific, Mediterranean and China-Burma-India Theaters. Between 1940 and 1945 a total of 18,482 B-24's were built.

Often compared with the better-known B-17, the B-24 was a more modern design with a higher top speed, greater range and heavier bomb load. However, it was also more difficult to fly, with heavy control forces and poor formation-flying characteristics. Popular opinion among aircrews and general's staffs tended to favor the B-17s rugged qualities above all other considerations in the European Theater.


The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.

This model of a B-24D Liberator features:

  • Crew figures
  • Realistic panel lines
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Rotatable propellers
  • Rotatable gun turrets
  • Opening bomb bay doors
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand

  • Numbered collector card
  • Box with B-24 Liberator artwork



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    Category: Corgi 1:72 U.S. Military Aircraft Models


    Not suitable for children under the age of 14


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