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B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc Werribee, Victoria

The museum is a memorial to the air crew and ground crew who flew and serviced the B-24 Liberator bomber during World War 2 operations in the Pacific area.
A Liberator bomber is being restored and will form the centrepiece of a museum complex including a Memorial Wall and WW2 arefacts.

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PO Box 156 Werribee Victoria 3030 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9731 1263

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Opening Hours

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm

Entry Fee

$5.00 adult, children under 16 free

Location

Corner Farm Rd & Princes Highway Werribee Victoria

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The collection is a memorial to all personnel who served with B-24 Liberator heavy bombers during World War 2, particularly RAAF and USAAF personnel in the Pacific theatre. The collection reflects on the times and experiences of those who gave their time and health, or life, while defending the democratic beliefs of the allies and importantly, the security of Australia. Based upon the B-24 Liberator, the collection recognises specifically joint RAAF and USAAF operations commencing in Australia with the training in the late 1930s of RAAF pilots in conjunction with the Empire Air Training Scheme, through to the joint USAAF operations north of Borneo in 1945 countering Japanese advances into the region and culminating in the end of the war. In particular, the collection concentrates on the period 1943 to 1947. The collection includes the ongoing restoration of one of the RAAF?s last obtained B-24 Liberators (A72-176). This aircraft is significant as the only surviving example of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It is also an important part of Australia?s aviation history. In addition to the B-24 Liberator, the main focus of the collection, there is a range of equipment and artefacts relevant to the training and service of B-24 Liberator air and ground crews; the early stages of building a replica Airspeed Oxford training aircraft; flight simulators, models, books, photographs, uniforms, and memorabilia. The objective of the collection is to be a memorial as well as to give visitors the opportunity to view this aircraft and to understand the training pilots and crews underwent from basic training through to operations against the enemy.

Significance

Iconic aircraft and associated artefacts from an important period of Australia's modern history

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Pratt & Whitney R 1830 Radial Engine - 54828 (CAC)

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

The Pratt & Whitney R 1830 is a double row 14 cylinder air cooled radial engine with a capacity of 1830 cubic inches, (30 litres), developing some 1200 horsepower at a maximum 2700 rpm.

Historical information

This engine was a Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) build, and had been upgraded to 92 specification at some time. This engine as acquired, was completely seized and great difficulty was encountered in dismantling it. The pistons in Nos 1, 13, 3, 2 and 5 had "grown" into the cylinder bores requiring some unorthodox methods to remove them. The cylinder barrels have been brought up to a reasonable standard, those beyond repair were replaced from stock. After getting various parts from the US, this engine was eventually brought up to running order.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engine Number 54828

Leaflets

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Leaflets dropped to the civil population of Japanese occupied territories by RAAF 24 Squadron B-24 Liberators

Historical information

Used in WWII

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah Engine

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Seven-cylinder air cooled radial engine produced by Armstrong Siddeley (UK). Widely used in Airspeed Oxford and Avro Anson aircraft of WWII era. This example is in running order after having been rebuilt by team members from a very neglected state.

Historical information

Some 37,200 of these engines were built, major application was in the Airspeed Oxford aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

A9600 8739D 790 S

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Large bakelite Consolidated 31 aircraft model coloured black.

Historical information

Created to supply training and recognition of friendly/enemy aircraft.

Significance

Expanded the skills of recognition for air crew,ground crew and defence activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Consolidated31" E9-2994 D^D DLtdC

Silver Plate

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Round Silver Plate presented to William Bakker, State President, Victoria Chapter, Australian Air Force Association.

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

William Bakker, State President, Victoria Chapter, Australian Air Force Association from 49th Fighter Group San Francisco, Ca. July 1980. Presented by M/G Dr Hutchinson USAF Retired.

Flying Log Book - Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Leather covered Log Book

Significance

Log book was issued to W O Isaacs who qualified as a pilot on Airspeed Oxford, Anson and Liberator aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force. Flying Log Book. Name Isaacs M.G.

Australian World War II silk map of Celebes

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

An oblong, cream colour, single-sided map printed in black and white with brown contours, Celebes

Historical information

Silk and rayon maps were produced by Australia, Great Britain (some 1.75 million in total) and the United States (c.7.5 million) during World War II. They were issued to Allied military personnel as part of 'escape and evasion' kits.

Significance

This silk map, one of relatively few produced in Australia (most Australian RAAF pilots and crew were issued with British and US maps), is an original map from World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Prepared under the direction of RAAF Headquarters' Celebes (with Insets 'A' to 'E')

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Small bakelite Japanese "NICK" aircraft model. Coloured matt black including hole for suspension and mobility.

Historical information

Created to supply training and recognition of friendly/enemy aircraft

Significance

Expanded the skills of recognition for aircrew and ground crew and defence activities

Inscriptions & Markings

"NICK" E9-3811 D^D D/LtdC

Photocopies of Log Sheets

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Photocopies of Bill Bakker's Flying Log Sheets - June, September, October, September, September.

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

A4 sheet of War Office Courses - War Office Courses

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

War Office Courses offered by University Correspondence College

Plaque 49th Fighter Group

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Rectangular wooden plaque with blue enameled, silver printed plate attached

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

DEDICATED TO THE BRAVE MEN OF THE 49TH FIGHTER GROUP. DEPARTED MORRISON AFB, FLORIDA,4 JANUARY 1942.FIRST EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO LEAVE THE U.S.AFTER THE DECLARATION OF WAR. LEADING GROUP IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE- 678 ENEMY PLANES SHOT DOWN MAJOR RICHARD I. BONG WITH 40 VICTORIES BECAME AMERICA'S "ACE OF ACES" DEDICATED JULY 20, 1985 1985 REUNION PRESENTED BY 49FTG ASSN.

Tail Plane from 'Little Eva' crash

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

The tail plane/fin from the crash site of Liberator 'Little Eva'. This site is registered as Doomadgee Queensland Australia, approximate GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude -17 56 24 Longitude +138 49 47.

Historical information

Commemoration of the crash of USAAF B-24 Liberator #41-23762 'Little Eva' of the 321st Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group based at Iron Range. Crashed near Burriejell waterhole at Moonlight Creek, Escott Station in far north Queensland on 2 December 1942. Two of the ten crewmen were rescued by the manager of Escott Station after 13 days of deprivation.

Significance

2bx

Inscriptions & Markings

Faded USAAF Insignia 41-23762

Memorial Poppy

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Red hand knitted woollen poppy, with black ringed green centre mounted on attaching pin. Copy of surrender certificate attached.

Historical information

Presented at the surrender at Morotai 9 September 1945.

Significance

Connection to the surrender at Morotai

Australian World War II silk map of Banda Sea

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

An oblong, cream colour, single-sided map printed in black and white with brown contours, Banda Sea

Historical information

Silk and rayon maps were produced by Australia, Great Britain (some 1.75 million in total) and the United States (c.7.5 million) during World War II. They were issued to Allied military personnel as part of 'escape and evasion' kits.

Significance

This silk map, one of relatively few produced in Australia (most Australian RAAF pilots and crew were issued with British and US maps), is an original map from World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Banda Sea (with Insets 'A' to 'E')

Wedding Photo of Mason Day Frecker

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Black and White photograph of Mason Day Frecker's wedding.

Significance

Photograph showing wedding of M D Frecker who was a B-24 Liberator pilot during WWII.

Member's Pay Book RAAF - Mason Day Frecker

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

RAAF member's Pay Book (in poor condition)

Inscriptions & Markings

Official No. 402653. Pay Book No. 29946. Surname: Frecker. Christian Names: Mason Day. Royal Australian Air Force Member's Pay Book

Jaeger Disk Speed Indicator - Tachometer

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Tachometer for calibrating Norden Bombsight Rate Motor in a black box.

Historical information

Was used with Norden Bombsights on aircraft during WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

B.S. Mk XV Disk Speed Indicator Jaeger

Helmet and Goggles

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Leather helmet with suede lining, under chin strap, earphone inlets with snap locked flaps. Metal framed goggles with leather surrounds, adjustable rubber strap and split glass lenses.

Significance

These goggles and helmets were issued to flying recruits for learning to fly biplanes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England Patent. R51067 scratched into metal.

Book - Liberator Pilot's Notes

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Historical information

The Liberator Pilot's Notes was issued for the information and guidance of all concerned.

Photograph of Japanese Surrender on Morotai

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

During WWII Vern Roberts was an LAC Fitter 2A (airframe) in RAAF 24 Squadron. He was stationed on Morotai at the time of the Japanese surrender. All personnel on Morotai at the time were required to attend the parade to witness the signing of the Peace Document. Vern had with him the camera his mother had given him when he left Australia to serve in the RAAF. He carried that camera and used it throughout his war service in the Northern Territory and on Morotai. Vern took the pictures of the ceremony, now on display with his camera. General Sir Thomas Blamey signed the Surrender Document on behalf of the Allied Forces.

Historical information

Witnessing the Japanese surrender and signing of Peace Document on Morotai 1945.

Astro Compass MKII

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Astronomical Compass used by the Navigator in B-24 Liberator aircraft. Complete in original wooden box.

Historical information

Used by the Navigator in a B-24 Liberator bomber

Significance

Air Ministry Compass

Inscriptions & Markings

Compass marked - A.M. Astro compass MKII CA/1174 Box marked - Delicate instrument, to be handled with great care.

Oral History - Alan Scarlett Story

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

A4 paper hand written transcript of 5 pages

Historical information

Alan Scarlett was in the RAAF from 18/08/1943 until February 1946 and was a B-24 Liberator gunner between the end of 1943 and September 1945 with 21 Squadron.

Significance

The oral history of Alan Scarlett is of historical significance because it provides a first hand account of the individual's experience during World War II as a member of the RAAF who trained at Tocumwal, Nhill and Leyburn. He saw active service in the Pacific conflict from Fenton and Morotai as a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He was also air-crew during the repatriation of former World War II prisoners or war in 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black and white print of a B-24 Liberator at the top of the page. Werribee Liberator Restoration Visit. Neerim Men's Shed. Sunday 16th March 2014.

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Small bakelite P39 Aircobra Aircraft, coloured black matt including hole for suspension and mobility.

Historical information

Created to supply training and recognition of friendly/enemy aircraft.

Significance

Expanded the skills of recognition for air crew, ground crew and defence activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

P-39 June 42 US

Log Book - Observer's, Air Gunner's and W/T Operators Flying Log Book

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Rectangular light blue linen covered hard bound book

Historical information

F/SGT. M.L.Jones 122186, qualified as Air Gunner on B24 Liberators November 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Form A.73.(June1938) . Royal Australian Air Force Observer's Air Gunner's and W/T Operators Flying Log Book. Jones M.L.

Distinguished Flying Medal (Replica)

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Distinguished Flying Medal M.D. Frecker RAAF

Letters to Hazel

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Wedding photograph of Capt. Frank Seales, USAF 380th Bomb Group and wife Hazel.

Historical information

Letters written to Hazel during WWII, including one about having a B-24 Liberator named after her.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letters written to Hazel by her husband during WWII. In one Frank asks Hazel if she would like him to name his aircraft after her.

US World War II multi-coloured map on acetate rayon, printed on both sides, AAF Cloth Chart, Side 1 - No. C-47 South Borneo, Side 2 - No. C-48 West Java

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

A multi-coloured, contoured, double-sided map printed on acetate rayon

Historical information

Silk and rayon maps were produced by the United States (c. 7.5 million in total), Great Britain (some 1.75 million in total) and Australia during World War II. They were issued to Allied military personnel as part of 'escape and evasion' kits.

Significance

This map, printed on acetate rayon, is an original US 'escape and evasion' kit map from World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

AAF Cloth Chart Side 1 - No. C-47 South Borneo Side 2 - No. C.48 West Java

Radar Antenna

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Radar Antenna (Dish), forms part of the S.C.R. 717c search radar fitted to RAAF Liberators. It is an early microwave airborne pulse radar.

Historical information

Airborne radar was developed as WWII progressed; it only started to become really useful nearing the war's end.

Inscriptions & Markings

The antenna designation is RC266

Frecker's Medals (Replicas)

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Replica Pacific Star, Campaign Stars and War Medals 1939-45. Aircrew Europe Star. Defence Medal 1939-45. Awarded to Mason Day Frecker.

Plaque

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Wooden Plaque presented to Bill Bakker (RAAF)

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

1935-1983 School of Radio RAAF Readiness Through Training Governor General's Banner Presentation 29 April 1983