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B24 Liberator A72-176 Memorial, Werribee, Australia

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Werribee, 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.
Since the late 1990s, one of the old Werribee hangars has been home to a B-24 Liberator, and the hangar echoes to the sound of industry as dedicated men and women beaver away at their individual tasks refurbishing a turret here; fabricating a wing trailing edge there, all contributing to one of the most remarkable tasks in the vintage aviation world: a taxying B-24 Liberator bomber.
A72-176 is a B-24M-10-CO formerly 44-41956 which served at 7 OTU, East Sale. It was struck off charge in 1948

The memorial is open Thursdays and Sundays and a visit is highly recommended.
In November 2002 I photographed the next project, an Airspeed Oxford.
See also panoramic images of the restoration, nose art 1 and 2

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.
Ed 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.

B-24 links:
B-24 Bestweb.com

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