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World War 2 In Review No. 29: Consolidated’s Naval Liberator and Privateer

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World War 2 In Review No. 29: Consolidated’s Naval Liberator and Privateer

  • Ray Merriam, Editor
    • Merriam Press World War 2 In Review Series
      • First Edition 2017
      • 413 B&W and color photos and illustrations

Coverage of the Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator and the PB4Y-2 Privateer, World War II patrol bombers of the U.S. Navy derived from the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
     The Navy had been using unmodified B-24s as the PB4Y-1 Liberator, and the type was considered very successful.
     A fully navalized design was desired, and Consolidated developed a dedicated long-range patrol bomber in 1943, designated PB4Y-2 Privateer.
     Also included is coverage of the RY-3 Liberator Express transport version of the PB4Y-2, R2Y Liberator Liner airliner, RY-1 Liberator Express passenger plane, and the history of Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-106, “The Wolverators," which flew both the PB4Y-1 and PB4Y-2 during World War II.

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