B-24D-25CO Liberator

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General info

The B-24D Liberator in the Garage.

The B-24D-25-CO Liberator is a Rank IV American bomber with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB) and 6.0 (RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Consolidated B-24D Liberator is a long-range four-engined heavy bomber. It is most efficiently used for bombing stationary targets like bases, airfields, and pillboxes from high altitude.

Vehicle characteristics

The Liberator can cruise somewhat faster than the Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress and can also carry a heavier bombload. However, its maneuverability and handling are significantly worse thanks to the Davis wing design, optimised for efficient level flight only. Evasive maneuvers are not easy to pull off.

In line with the USAAF's philosophy in World War II, the Liberator is equipped with a relatively heavy defensive armament of eleven .50 cal AN/M2 heavy machine guns manned by gunners; it was intended that an American bomber would be able to defend itself from enemy fighters in daylight missions. These guns have excellent coverage, and there is no angle from which attackers may come from on which no guns can be brought to bear.

Compared to the B-17E, the Liberator can carry an additional two 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs. However, this maximum bombload of 8,000 lb (3,632 kg) compares very unfavourably with other heavy bombers like the Yermolayev Yer-2 with ACh-30B engines (5,000 kg), Dornier Do 217 series (4,000 kg), and Lancaster series (14,000 lb or 6,363 kg), all of which have much lower battle ratings.

Tactics

Due to its high battle rating, the Liberator will face many high-altitude dedicated bomber interceptors with 20–30 mm cannon, making for an extremely dangerous environment. The defensive guns should be treated as a last resort; combat with fighters should be avoided at all costs by the use of careful route planning and cloud cover, if present.

If pursued, attempt to maneuver the Liberator so that the enemy is forced into a tailchase, where the Liberator's defensive guns are most effective.

Bombing at low level is highly unrecommended under most circumstances, for this will usually result in a very quick death at the hands of enemy fighters. The Liberator simply doesn't have the performance to get away with it.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

When going up against the B-24D, it is very important that the attacker must never underestimate the sheer defensive power this bomber holds. If not careful, your plane will either become critically damaged or a ball of fire from only a few hits from the 12.7 mm M2 Browning MGs. The number one rule when fighting a bomber is to never engage it in front or the back; this applies heavily when engaging the B-24D since you will have 6 machine guns facing you. The best way to attack this bomber is from above or the sides. Attacking from below is highly discouraged since you will be forced to pull up in order to engage and end up above the bomber where 4 machine guns will be facing you automatically. BnZ tactics are highly recommended since it allows you to evade machine gun fire and be on the constant move at high speeds. When engaging the B-24D, you must always keep your momentum and never stall or bleed your speed. Losing speed means you are an easier target to hit, which means you are an easier target to shoot down. Aiming at the engines will also stress your opponent as it will cause the bomber to lose speed rapidly or even better, catch fire. If you wish for an easy kill without wasting precious time, it is recommended to aim for the bomber's wings. Damaging the wings of the plane will cause it to tilt to one side or snap. The last thing a player should take note is the plane they plane they are flying. As bad as it sounds, a Japanese plane is more likely to be brought down than a German plane due to the difference in armour, it is better to bring an aircraft with some form of protection rather than a plane with no protection, this will determine your chances of survival by a great amount.

Pros and cons

Pros:

Cons:

  • Poor handling, even for a four-engined bomber.
  • Significantly lower bombload than the heavy bombers of other nations.

Specifications

A Liberator flies away from a destroyed aircraft carrier at low altitude.

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, ventral turret (275 rpg = 550 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, tail turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turret (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 3 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose turret (300 rpg = 900 total)

Payloads

  • 8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 12 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel plates behind the pilots.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates in front of dorsal gunner.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of ventral gunner.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind beam gunners.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates around tail gunner.
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-65 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1018 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1107 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 593 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-65 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1007 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1097 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 593 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R1830-65 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1007 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1097 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 593 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 472 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: 39.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 464 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: 40.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 464 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: 40.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 9,754 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 820 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



0
1.2
2.4
3.6
4.8
6
7.2
8.4
9.6
10.8
12
0
0.96
1.92
2.88
3.84
4.8
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

The B-24 was produced in several variants to fulfill operational and training needs. More Liberators were eventually built then any other US Warplane during World War II. The first B-24 prototype flew in December of 1943 named "XB-24". The aircraft was designed around the "Davis" wing, a long, thing, large area structure mounted high on the fuselage. The long wing span gave the B-24 excellent high altitude performance and allowed it to extend its range. The twin bomb-bays were called "roller shutter" doors. The doors rolled up into the aircraft. The purpose of this design was to reduce the drag while the bomb bay doors are open. The bomb-load was stored vertically with a catwalk down the middle, this gave crews easy access to the rear of the fuselage. The Liberator was powered by four 1,200 HP Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engines. The aircraft also included a twin tail design and tricycle landing gear.

The B-24 made its operational debut in June of 1942. It was tasked with long-range raids on the Germany's Romanian oilfields. The B-24 is commonly remembered for its service with the Eight Air Force but it filled a desperate roll for the navy as a long-range patrol aircraft. After huge losses of allied shipping the Navy was granted access to Liberators. These aircraft were operated under the designation PB4Y. They were equipped with air to surface radar and depth charges. The B-24 also quickly replaced the B-17 in the Pacific theater due to its long range capabilities. The B-24 was used to bring havoc to Japanese land installations and naval vessels. Liberators stayed in service until 1951, they were replaced by the Privateer.

The B-24 is often unfairly compared to the B-17. The B-24 was newer, more efficient, and much more versatile then Boeing's design. The B-24 saw action on all fronts, its most valuable work may have been against U-boats. The aircraft also saw work as a cargo plane, tanker, patrol, and reconnaissance. Even some were armed with additional guns as escorts. The B-24 was not as popular with it's crews as the B-17. The B-24 was known to catch fire in battle easier and at times was known to suffer from hydraulic problems.

Ingame description

The Consolidated B-24D “Liberator” heavy bomber was created as a part of “Project A,” a program launched to enhance the USA’s industrial capacity to meet the needs of the Air Force. The contract for the aircraft, which was to be an improved B-17, was received by Consolidated in March of 1939, with a prototype required by the end of the year. The prototype was finished and made its first flight just two days before the deadline on December 29.


The new aircraft, although more difficult to control, was superior to the B-17 in range, operational ceiling, and maximum speed. In addition, it could carry a significantly larger bomb load (up to 3629 kg), which largely determined its application: the first models delivered to England were mainly used for coastal protection from German submarines.

The first successful modification of the aircraft was the B-24D, which was mass-produced from 1940 to 1942. This model had four 1200 hp engines, and its armament was modified over time, based on pilot feedback. Eventually, it was equipped with eleven 12.7mm machine guns (three in the nose, two remote-controlled guns in the dorsal turret, two in the ventral ball turret, one machine gun in each side window, and two machine guns in the tail turret).

The B-24 was the most mass-produced Allied bomber in World War II - all in all, 18,482 B-24s were produced, 2,696 of which were B-24Ds. These bombers were made in several factories. The factory which produced the most was the Henry Ford plant in Willow Run, which in 1944 released a B-24 every hour, 650 planes per month.

The B-24 was actively used in the Pacific and European theaters of war.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the B-24D Liberator from live.warthunder.com.

Images

Collings Foundation B-24J "Witchcraft"

Additional information (links)

References


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B-24D-25-CO
Nation USA
Type Heavy Strategic Bomber
Fighting style Ground Attack
Bombing

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~15032 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~16787 kg
Takeoff Weight ~25401 kg
Wing Area ~97 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~487.80 kph at 7620 m
Climb Rate ~4.61 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~218.47 kph
Turn Time ~43.71 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~154.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~33139 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~37009 lb
Takeoff Weight ~56000 lb
Wing Area ~1048 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~303.10 mph at 25000 m
Climb Rate 15.12 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~135.75 mph
Turn Time 43.71 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~31.54 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x M2 Browning 200 RPG
2 x M2 Browning 250 RPG
2 x M2 Browning 275 RPG
3 x M2 Browning 300 RPG
2 x M2 Browning 400 RPG
Payload Option 1
8 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 2
20 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Payload Option 3
12 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 4
8 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 570 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Combat Flaps 520 kph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <280 kph
Rudder <320 kph
Elevators <290 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 354 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Combat Flaps 323 mph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <174 mph
Rudder <199 mph
Elevators <180 mph
Radiator >124 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
6620 m
21719 ft
100% Enginepower 4400 hp
WEP Enginepower 4752 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)