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Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Consolidated B-24 H Liberator – 42-52534 “Witchcraft”, 467th Bomb Group, USAAF Station 145 at RAF Rackheath, Norfolk, England, January 14, 1945
1:72 Scale. Length: 11.25". Wingspan: 18.25"
The afternoon of January 14th 1945 was no ordinary day at USAAF Station 145 Rackheath, in Norfolk. Thirty B-24 Liberators from the 467th Bomb Group had been allocated to take part in a raid against the steelworks at Hallendorf, near Hanover and had left the base at approximately 09.00. One of the aircraft taking part in the raid was named ‘Witchcraft’ and on her return, she would set a mission record for the entire Second Air Division, one which attracted the attention of USAAF top brass. As the aircraft returned to their home airfield 6 hours and 35 minutes after they took off, 42-52534 ‘Witchcraft’ landed and parked up in her usual hardstanding position, to be met by General Ketner, Commander of the 2nd Air Division and other high ranking officials not to mention a film crew and members of the press – even the famous ‘Rackheath Band’ were in attendance.Crew figures
Realistic panel lines and antennas
Historically accurate printed graphics
Rotatable gun turrets
Opening bomb bay doors
Optional extended landing gear
‘Witchcraft’ had just completed her 100th credited mission without suffering a single mechanical abort, a testament to the efforts of her assigned ground crew. Known colloquially as the ‘League of Nations’, the ground crew was led by M/Sgt Joe Ramirez, who was of Mexican heritage, with other members of his team being of Chinese, German, Dutch and American extraction. General Ketner presented each ground crew member with an award to mark this wartime achievement and a quite extraordinary bomber.
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.
Corgi is a leading manufacturer of high quality, pre-built, die-cast model airplanes. Every model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are made with diecast metal and some plastic components.
This model of a B-24H Liberator features:
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 years