B-24D Liberator Ploesti Raid (Pink)
Item Number: AB24PR
MSRP Price: $199.95
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Scale: 1/62 scale model
Wing Span: 21.3
The B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, CA. The B-24 was used in World War II 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 its operations in the Western European, Pacific, Mediterranean, and China-Burma-India Theaters.
This specific B24 is painted as "Utah Man" or Walter Stewart's airplane. Stewart's most historic mission was the low-level bombing mission to the oil refineries of Ploesti Romania during Operation “Tidal Wave” in August 1943. During the mission, Stewart was assigned as Deputy Lead of the 93rd Bombardment Group because of his reputation and experience. Five groups took off from Libya for the 2,000-mile round trip to their target, which was supplying nearly 1/3 of all oil used by Nazi Germany. The attack turned to chaos with bombers from the different groups attacking from all quadrants, but the oil refineries were severly damaged. Of the 178 aircraft that took off on the most decorated mission of World War II, 54 were shot down; 532 of 1,726 men did not return. Lt. Stewart’s plane, named “Utah Man,” came back with 365 holes in it.
This handcrafted model is painstakingly built by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail and makes a great gift for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.