Tucked away in a WWII vintage hangar in Werribee, near Melbourne, Australia is one of the vintage military aviation world’s most significant restoration projects, the sole-surviving former Royal Australian Air Force Consolidated Liberator. As we have reported HERE, the volunteers at the B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia have been quietly toiling away for the past three decades to resurrect B-24M A72-176 (formerly USAAF 44-41956). As is so often the case with these efforts, they are working on a shoestring budget, but have managed an incredible feat to achieve what they have. The airframe is actually a composite, incorporating the fuselage of A72-176, which George Toye purchased as scrap from RAAF Sale in 1948 and the wings of B-24D 42-41091, recovered from a hulk in Papua, New Guinea during the early 1990s. The team is coming close to completing the restoration, and is also working on other airframes as well to keep their hard-earned restoration skills moving forwards.
On May 5th, between 10am and 2pm, the B-24 Liberator Memorial will be hosting an open house at their hangar, which is bound to be an excellent opportunity to get a close view of the Liberator, and to talk to those working on her restoration. For those around the world who would like to contribute to this significant restoration project, please click HERE. They really do need your help to get this important aircraft finished!
Many, many thanks to our regular contributor Phil Buckley for informing us of the Open House event on May 5th, and of course for providing the photographs to illustrate the article.