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LinkThe  Florida State University's Department of History has established The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to systematically and professionally preserve the artifacts, official histories and personal accounts of those who gallantly served their country. Visit their site and learn how you can help!

Link The Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society and International B-24 Memorial Museum are establishing a data base of former crew members who flew B-24, PB4Y-1 Liberators or PB4Y-2 Privateers for the US Army Air Forces, US Navy, or allied nations. If you were a crew member on the above listed aircraft or know someone who was (living or dead), please take a few moments to print and fill out the form and mail it to:
International B-24 Memorial Museum
31001 Magnuson Ave. Pueblo, CO 81001

E-mail the museum at:
The phone number to the museum is: (719) 948-9219
Fax the museum at: (719) 948-3361
Their site is:


Link 1. 461st Bomb Group - 15th Air Force B-24 Liberators   Web Page This is a truly fine site for anyone interested in the 15th AAF in Italy. Mission information, 461st BG history, nose art, crew photos and much more.

2. A terrific resource. A wealth of information.


3. T/Sgt. Bill Neutzling, Radio Operator, waist  gunner on 1st Lt. Robert L. Boone's crew, 15th  AAF, 484 Bomb Group (H) 825 Bomb Squadron (H) 49th Wing, Cerignola (Torretta) Italy.

5. Ian Brown's fine tribute to the prisoners of Stalag 18A, among those prisoners, his father.

4. The Collings Foundation Home Page A must to check out. A fully restored and flyable B-24J.  For a fee, you
     can fly in the real thing!

Link 5. B-24 Best Web  Photos, specs,
    links related to the B-24.

6. Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In B-24 training films and more.

7. Air Force Historical Research Agency A wealth of information and images on the history of
8. EarthStation1: The WW1 I Sounds & Pictures Page  Actual broadcasts of Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose as well     as many fine photos.

9. The History of Flight The is a fascinating look at the development of flight. Chapters include Early History of Flight, Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh. Special thanks to Lauren and Joan for bringing this to my attention. I do not know who complied this site, but well done.


                Note: Older, or out of print volumes might be located through
1. The Wild Blue, The Men And Boys Who Flew The B-14s Over Germany, by Steven Ambrose,    
    c. 2001 by Simon & Shuster.
The story of George McGovern who was a Liberator pilot in
    Italy during the same time period as our crew. A very vivd picture of what it must have been
    like for the airmen and a fine tribute to the boys.      
2. The Soldier - Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Photographs by Dan Patterson, text by Paul
    Perkins and Michelle Crean, c.1994 by Howell Press Inc.
A must have for the B-24 enthusiast. This
    volume contains many wonderful interior shots of a B-24J, still flyable. Not restored, it looks much     
    as it might have while still in service during WWII. (66 pages)
3. Liberator - Consolidated Vultee, c.1989 General Dynamics Corp. Another favorite of mine. This
   book was issued by General Dynamics in 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the B-24s maiden
   flight. If you can find a copy, it's a gem. It features the B-24J maintained by the
    Collings Foundation listed in the site above. General Dynamics funded much of the
    restoration of the aircraft. (60 pages)
4. Consolidated B-24 Liberator, by Frederick A. Johnsen, Copyright 1996 by Specialty Press
    Publishers and Wholesalers - Warbird Tech Series.
Lots of technical info and schematics.
    (100 pages)
5. B-24 Liberator Units of the Fifteenth Air Force, by Robert F. Dorr Copyright 2000 by Osprey
    Publishing Limited.
Photos, stories and illustrations of B-24s of the 15th Air Force. (96 pages)
6. B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force, by Robert F. Dorr, Copyright 1999 by Osprey 
    Publishing Limited.
Photos, stories and illustrations of B-24s of the 8th Air Force. (96 pages)
7. Air Force - A Pictorial History of American Air Power, by Martin Caidin, Copyright 1957 by
    Bramhall House.
Another out of print volume. A history of American air power from the beginning
    through the Korean War. (231 pages)
8. B-24 Liberator in Action, by Larry Davis, c.1987 by Squadron Signal Publications. Photos and
    illustrations. (57 pages)
9. B-24 Liberator in Detail by Bert Kinzey, c. 2000 by Detail & Scale.
This is a modeler's
   reference book and has many photos of B-24 details and interiors. I'm not a modeler, but I
   found a lot of useful information in this book. (79 pages)
10. Log of the Liberators by Steve Birdshall, c.1973 by Doubleday & Company, Inc. The illustrated 
   combat record of the B-24 Liberator and the men and units that flew them. Over
   250 photos. (340 pages)
11. B-24 Liberator 1939-45 by Martin W. Bowman, c. 1979 and 1989 by Patrick Stevens Limited, England.
   The history of the B-24 Liberator with many fine photos. (136 pages)
12. Willow Run, Colossus of American Industry, by Warren Benjamin Kidder. c.1995 KFT
    Lansing, Michigan. An exhaustive history of the Ford Willow Run plant with many photos and
    production data. Benjamin Kidder's parents owned the land the factory was built on. To order,
    call the author: 800-754-6830 Access Code 30.
13. Consolidated B-24 Liberator, 1993, John & Donna Campbell, Schiffer Publishing Ltd. One of the 
    best sources for Liberator photos I have seen.
14. Aircrewmans Gunnery Manual, 1944, restricted, issued by Aviation Training Division, Office of Chief
    of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy in collaboration with Army Air Forces. The aircrewman's  gunnery textbook.

While not specifically related to the air war, The Story of the Second World War is the most riveting account of the War I have read. It was first published in 1945 and contains first hand accounts by the people who actually took part. You can find a copy on, and Barnes and Noble carries the paperback. Highly recommended.

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