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B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"

B-24D Liberator S/N 42-72843 "Strawberry Bitch" is on display indoors in the World War II Gallery of the Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, near Wright-Patterson AFB.

It was assembled at the Consolidated plant in San Diego, and later ferried to Europe to join the 9th Air Force in Cairo, Egypt. Daniel Rice was the pilot whose crew accepted delivery of the new B-24, ferried her overseas, and delivered her to the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group.

The bomber then flew over 50 combat missions from North Africa during September of 1943 thru June of 1944 with the 512th Bomb Squadron of the 376th BG. It took part in and survived the Ploesti oil refinery raid of August, 1943.

Each aircraft of the 376th was assigned a Recall Code (RCL), painted on its nose and vertical tail. Strawberry Bitch was assigned RCL 24.

The plane was selected for preservation after World War II, and stored beginning in 1946 at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base boneyard in Tucson, Arizona. It was flown from Tucson to the Air Force museum for restoration and display in Dayton in May of 1959.

The B-24 is painted pink desert camouflage as it was during its World War II campaigns in North Africa.

B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" Photographs

B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army B-24D-160-CO Liberator, Serial Number 42-72843, Recall Code 24
U.S. Army B-24D Liberator, Serial Number 42-72843


Left front fuselage view of the B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
Left fuselage view of the B-24D Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"

Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton
Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton

Tail section of the B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" showing RCL 24
Tail section of the B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Complete List of B-24 Liberator Surviving Aircraft

A total of 18,493 Liberators were built, more than any other aircraft in World War II. Of the massive numbers of Liberators that were built, few survive today. In the United States, only two aircraft are airworthy, and six complete airplanes are on static display, shown below listed by state.

Model
S/N
Name
Location
Status
City
ST
B-24J
44-44175
Bungay Buckaroo Pima Air & Space Museum Static Display Tucson
AZ
B-24M
44-41916
Shady Lady Castle Air Museum Static Display Atwater
CA
B-24J
44-44272
Joe Fantasy of Flight Museum Static Display Polk City
FL
B-24J
44-48781
Louisiana Belle II (former Laden Maiden) Global Power Museum
Barksdale AFB
Static Display Bossier City
LA
B-24J
44-44052
Witchcraft Collings Foundation Airworthy Stow
MA
B-24D
42-72843
Strawberry Bitch National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Static Display Dayton
OH
B-24A
40-2366
Diamond Lil CAF at Dallas Executive Airport Airworthy Dallas
TX
B-24D
41-23908
Unnamed B-24 Hill Aerospace Museum Static Display Ogden
UT