From Monday March 17th until Sunday March 23rd, the world’s only flying PB4Y-2 Privateer naval patrol bomber will visit the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California. The Privateer landed today just after 11:00 am. Visitors to the Palm Springs Air Museum will be able to tour inside the Privateer for $5, after paying regular museum admission of course.
For more information, please visit the Palm Springs Air Museum’s website by clicking HERE.
That’s just NOT a B-24, is it? Conventional tail, but everything else seems the same…
I suppose you don’t also have an Okah piloted bomb under it’s wing too, aye? :>
The PB4Y-2 is a derivative of the B-24N, which never went into production. The earlier PB4Y-1 more closely resembled earlier, twin-tailed versions of the B-24 Liberator.
My Dad was a starboard waist gunner in PB4Y-1s (Liberator) and PB4Y-2 (Privateers) in WWII. He was a crew of Navy Bombing Squardron VPB-117 (The Blue Raiders) and flew missions off Mindoro in the Philippines to French Indo China (now known as Vietnam).
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VPB 117 Blue Raiders
DO YOU HAVE MUCH INFO ON VPB 117 [ESP CREW 3 ] LT .COMMANDER THOMAS P.MULVIHILL. COLUMBUS,MONTANA . THESE FLYERS WERE ALL AMAZING!!
Gentlemen I purchased a small hand held light that has a B24 with the words The BLUE RAIDERS above it. Under the B24 is Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-117. The light is white in color and the letters are all in blue. On the back is DORCY or DORC4 then korea in very small letters
Served as navigator on Privateer PB4Y-2 Bu no 59745 in Alaska and the Aleutions in the Lt (jg) Donald W Barker crew of VPB-120.