This poster was published by the U.S. Government Printing Office for use in identifying friendly and unfriendly aircraft during World War II. The poster illustrates the top, side and front profiles of the U.S. Heavy Bomber B-24 D aircraft, as well as general information such as common names (Liberator) and key recognition features. This is a great piece of American military aviation history.
The B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber that entered service in 1941. A highly modern aircraft for its day, it first saw combat operations with the Royal Air Force. After America entered the War, production of the B-24 increased drastically. By the end of the conflict, over 18,500 B-24s had been constructed, making it the most-produced heavy bomber in history and a powerful symbol of US industrial might.
Employed in all theaters by the US Army Air Forces and US Navy, the Liberator routinely served alongside the more rugged Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The Liberators flew faster, higher and farther than the older B-17, thanks to greater fuel capacity and an innovative low-drag wing design.
In addition to service as heavy bomber, the B-24 played a critical role as a maritime patrol aircraft and aided in closing the gap in air power during the Battle of the Atlantic. Liberators also served as long-range transports, under the designation of C-87 Liberator Express.
This is an original color lithograph. Thin paper, with printing and color intact. Previously mounted to cardboard with staples, small staple holes remain along side margins. Creases from past storage. U.S. Government Printing Office publishing information along bottom.
Mounted below the poster is a blue and gold Eighth Air Force patch. The patch’s design dates to 1943-1955. The VIII Bomber Command unit was authorized on January 19, 1942. The command conducted the heavy bombardment operations of Eighth Air Force Bomber Command until February 1944. Afterwards, the unit engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic targets in Europe, becoming the Allied air offensive's daylight precision bombing force. After returning to the United States in June of 1946, it became part of the Strategic Air Command. The winged star represents the Army Air Forces. The arabic numeral eight indicates the unit's designation.
The poster has been archivally framed in a custom black and gold wooden frame. Framed dimensions: 29" H x 20 1/2" W x 1 1/2" D.