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USAAF Consolidated B-24H Liberator Heavy Bomber - Colonel Jimmy Stewart "Male Call", 453rd Bombardment Group, RAF Old Buckenham, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
USAAF Consolidated B-24H Liberator Heavy Bomber - Colonel Jimmy Stewart "Male Call", 453rd Bombardment Group, RAF Old Buckenham, England, 1944

Corgi USAAF Consolidated B-24H Liberator Heavy Bomber - Colonel Jimmy Stewart "Male Call", 453rd Bombardment Group, RAF Old Buckenham, England, 1944




 
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Corgi AA34018 USAAF Consolidated B-24H Liberator Heavy Bomber - Colonel Jimmy Stewart "Male Call", 453rd Bombardment Group, RAF Old Buckenham, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale) "In combat, the airplane was no match for the B-17 as a formation bomber above 25,000 feet, but from 12,000 to 18,000, it did a fine job."
- Jimmy Stewart comparing the B-24 Liberator with the B-17 Flying Fortress, another plane he piloted during WWII

Life for the B-24 heavy bomber began in 1939, when the Army Air Corps initiated a request for a new bomber designed to exceed the performance of the B-17. Consolidated Aircraft responded quickly with its proposal, labeled Consolidated Model 32 and, on March 30th, 1939, was awarded the contract. One day short of nine months later, on December 29th, 1939, the first flight of the XB-24 bomber prototype took place.

Slightly smaller than the B-17, the turbosupercharger-equipped B-24 flew farther with a bigger bomb load than the much more publicized Boeing aircraft. Of seven service-test YB-24s, six were sent to the Royal Air Force (RAF) under the export designation LB-30A. Because they lacked turbosuperchargers and self-sealing fuel tanks, the RAF found them unsuitable for combat duty over Europe. Instead, they were stripped of their armament and put into service as transports on the Trans-Atlantic Return Ferry Service, which had been established to send air crews to Montreal to take delivery of American aircraft consigned to the British war effort.

Flying for the Army Air Corps as the B-24, and the U.S. Navy as the PB4Y-1, the plane also saw service in the Royal Air Force where it was known simply as the Liberator. There was also a transport version known as the C-87, one of which was Winston Churchill's personal aircraft, carrying him to historic meetings at Moscow and Casablanca, among other locations.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USAAF Consolidated B-24H Liberator heavy bomber that was piloted by legendary Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and nicknamed "Male Call", which was attached to the 453rd Bombardment Group, then deployed to RAF Old Buckenham, England, during 1944. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 18-1/4-inches
Length: 11-1/4-inches

Release Date: September 2018

Historical Account: "Male Call" - Like so many other of the 18,500 B-24s produced during WWII, Liberator 42-52154 "Male Call" was an extremely hard working machine, surviving the war having completed an impressive 95 bombing missions - she is thought to have been the only survivor of the original 61 aircraft assigned to the 453rd Bombardment Group, which arrived at RAF Old Buckenham airfield on January 21st, 1944. The aircraft was one of the Liberators flown by celebrated Hollywood actor James 'Jimmy' Stewart during his time as Group Operations Officer with the 453rd Bombardment Group at the Norfolk airfield.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning propellers
  • Opening bomb bay doors
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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