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B24 Liberator A72-176 Memorial, Werribee, Australia
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on the Geelong road near Melbourne was an active RAAF base during World
War 2. It is also close to Point Cook, one
of the oldest military airbases in the world.
memorial is open Thursdays and Sundays and a visit is highly recommended.
|The panorama that greets the visitor as they enter the hangar. This image is made from 7 individual images stitched together. The bend in the mainplane isn't really there.|
Crabtree was the last man to fly this aeroplane, a flight from Mascot to
Sale in March 1946 which is where the Liberator was sold to Moe resident
George Toye in 1948. George thought he was buying a complete aircraft but
when he arrived to pick it up he found the wings had already been scrapped
and the fuselage stripped of its military hardware. Georged used it as a
temporary home while his house was being built. The Memorial fund acquired
the remains of the fuselage in 1995.
Ed was a distinguished Liberator pilot, serving with the U.S.A.F. 530 Squadron, part of the famous 380th Bomb Group known as the Flying Circus.
See pics from Ed Crabtree's wartime photo album.
|The nose section was missing from the fuselage so this has been completely fabricated. Click here for the history of the project.|