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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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Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Large bakelite B17 Flying Fortress aircraft, 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 air crew, ground crew and defence activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Flying Fortress" Boeing B17E.E9-2324 DS^D DLTDC

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Special Flying Ration Pack

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a19

Olive drab tin containing rations for two aircrew

Inscriptions & Markings

Department of Defence Packed by MacROBERTSONS SPECIAL FLYING RATION To be consumed by Air Crew carrying out flights of 4 hours' duration or longer Sufficient for 2 men KEEP PACK INTACT RAAF A Gadsden Container

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah Engine

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radial engine

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

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aviation Compass - Aircraft Compass

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aviation compass
a6

Navigation Compass Type P8.

Historical information

Used on RAAF aircraft in WWII

Significance

Used by RAAF for navigation training primarily in Tiger Moth and Spitfire aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number 80873.D Brass Plate - King's Crown over RAAF No. G6A/726

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Manual - Course notes for B-24 Liberator aircraft ground crew - Fitters II.A Carpenter, riggers, flight riggers, Course notes.

Key words

raaf
manual
riggers
carpenters
engineering school

Loose leaf manual in two-ring binder. Pale green with dark green spine.

Historical information

Issued to RAAF ground crew in WWII.

Significance

Original WWII manual

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F. serial number 19218. Issue 4 - 1942

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

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

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Sperry Ball Turret B-24 Liberator

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a15

Sperry Ball Turret B-24 Liberator, meant for ventral defence needs on aircraft. Also used on B-17 Flying Fortress.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Certificate of Merit - Bill Bakker

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a23.17

Certificate of Merit in Frame - Bill Bakker

Significance

Included in the Collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Flying Corps and RAAF Association Certificate of Merit Presented by Federal Council to William M. Bakker as a mark of Appreciation and Recognition of Service to the Association. Federal President Howard, Federal Secretary Peter Alexander. Dated 3 November 1974.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Pilot's Seat - B24 Liberator Pilot's Seat

Green painted metal shell of a B24 Liberator aircraft pilot's seat including all fittings.

Historical information

This pilot's seat was part of the B24 Liberator 's fittings.

Significance

The seat although not part of the aircraft's air frame, was bolted to the cockpit floor as a permanent fixture.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

USAF Pacific Air Force Letter - Letter of gratitude

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a13.1

Letter from Paul V. Hester, General, USAF given with flag expressing gratitude for B-24 restoration project and tour of the hangar.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Computer True Air Speed

2 black discs printed with luminous paint with plastic indicator, used for calculating true air speed.

Historical information

Standard crew issue for pilots and flight engineers

Significance

Equipment supplied crew with a computer to calculate true airspeed.

Inscriptions & Markings

COMPUTER. TRUE AIRSPEED. A.C. TYPE G-1 A list of 4 instructions for use. Spec. No. 27367-A, MFG.DWG. No. 42D531, Order No.42-18049-P GENERAL LUMINESCENT CORPORATION, CHICAGO

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

WWII Practice Bombs

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a14

Practice bombs could be service bombs, inert loaded with sand, water for chalk/lime solution. Standard practice bombs were painted white overall with two light green bands painted around centre of the tail. Inert service bombs painted black and those containing an exploder had a red band around the body.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

WWII Japanese Aircraft Compass

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a18

Compass believed to be from a 'Betty' or 'Dinah' Japanese Aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model 9 - 2 magnetic type compass for aircraft YOKOGAWA Electric Company. Made in August 1942. Serial No. 8305411

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Radar Antenna

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radar

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

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Brown Leather Document Holder

Key words

a23.16

Brown Leather Document Holder (poor condition) belonging to Bill Bakker

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

Imprint of Horse

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Map of Stalags in Germany

Key words

a22.11
frecker

Map of Germany showing Stalags

Historical information

Used in WWII

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Small bakelite North American "0-47A"

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

North American "0-47A" E9-2327 D^D D/LtdC

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Leaflets

Key words

a22.10
frecker

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

Historical information

Used in WWII

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Mid Upper Turret - B-24 Liberator Part

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a12

Martin 250CE Mid Upper Turret first introduced on the L Model B-24 Liberator. The US Army Air Force Model 23A became standard on all late model J, J/R, L, M and M/R model Liberators. The 23A was an all electric Turret. It was armed with two .50 calibre machine guns (Browning) MKII. The Turret carried 900 rounds (bullets), 450 rounds per gun.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

American USAF Flag and Certificate

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a13

American Flag wrapped in triangular shape and contained within a red felt covered box with a certificate and covering letter

Inscriptions & Markings

Refer to certificate and covering letter

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Airspeed Oxford aircraft (Replica under construction)

Full-sized replica of an Airspeed Oxford aircraft. This type of aircraft was described as a multi-engine three-seat advanced military trainer monoplane. It was a wooden construction using plywood and fabric covering and powered by two 375 HP Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah 10 engines.

Historical information

This type first flew in 1937 and by the start of WWII it was the preferred aircraft in all Empire Air Training Schemes for multi-engine pilot training.

Significance

By the beginning of WWII the Airspeed Oxford was the preferred aircraft in all Empire Air Training Schemes for multi-engine pilot training. As of April 2014, no Airspeed Oxfords remain in the world in airworthy condition and there are very few complete air frames. There are reportedly some restoration-to-fly projects underway, one in New Zealand.

Inscriptions & Markings

Parts originally used a base for this reconstruction were reckoned to be from an Oxford Mk 2 with registration A25 LX181 which was based at Point Cook and used extensively in training from the Werribee Aerodrome.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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

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.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Photocopies of Log Sheets

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a23.09
bakker

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

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Wheel Hub and Leg

Metal wheel hub and leg minus tyre.

Historical information

These wheels were fitted to the B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Meal dixie

Key words

price collection
raaf issue

Round lidded metal dixie with folding handle

Historical information

Part of kit issued to T.E. Price RAAF No11928

Inscriptions & Markings

11928, RAAF, Scratched on lid

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Log Book - Royal Australian Air Force Observer's, Air Gunner's and W/T Operator's Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book.

Historical information

Flying log book for E A Obst 5724 qualified as Flight Engineer 16 March 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Obst E.A.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Graviscope - Graviscope for Liberator

2 Circular plastic manual computing discs with black print on a white background with areas for calculating Centre of gravity, Armament, Bomb loadings,Fuel, oil,Crew, Miscel., Oxygen and Camera. Clear plastic protractor with string attached. Enclosed in a leather envelope.

Historical information

Standard crew issue for pilots and flight engineers.

Significance

The equipment supplied air crew with a computer to calculate individual aircraft's weight and balance.

Inscriptions & Markings

GRAVISCOPE FOR LIBERATOR. MODEL B24J, L AND M. MANUFACTURED BY MELB. >W&G< AUST. R.A.A.F IDENT NO G6B/2396

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft, B-24 Liberator

Key words

aircraft, liberator, bomber
wwii

This restored Liberator aircraft was assembled from parts salvaged from B-24M models, manufactured during the 1940s in the USA. Made from aluminium, the plane is 68 feet long, with a wingspan of 110 feet, and is metallic silver with a distinctive blue and white target design on each side. The aircraft is powered by four wing-mounted engines, and is fitted with 10 heavy machine guns.

Historical information

This particular aircraft was modified with a search radar in the lower fuselage to help locate and track targets and was then redesignated as a B-24R model. The RAAF took A72-176 on charge in late 1944 and this saw it issued to 7 OTU (Operational Training Unit) based at Tocumwal, south west NSW. The training saw bomber crews learn how to fly the bomber, operate as a team and work with fighters. Towards the end of the war there were up to 50 aircraft located at Tocumwal along with 5000 personnel. A72-176 was noted as flown on training missions by various aircrew.

Significance

This aircraft is one of the only remaining B-24 bombers in the southern hemisphere and 1 of only 8 remaining B-24 airframes still existing in the world, out of the nearly 19,000 which were originally built. The restoration honours the contribution of one of the RAAF’s main bombers of the WWII era.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number on side of fuselage at rear of plane: 'A72-176' Inscription on side of fuselage at front of plane: 'ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE / US ARMY B24-10 CO / AIR FORCES SERIAL NUMBER 44-41956'

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Photograph of Bill Bakker

Key words

a23.07

Colour photograph of William (Bill) Bakker in frame.

Significance

Included in the Collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Letters from the war zone to Hazel

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a1.1

Private letters to Hazel from her husband in the war zone during WWII

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee