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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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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

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Medium bakelite Japanese Nakajima Kate aircraft, coloured 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

NAKA T-97 NTB June '42.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Plaque presented to Bill Bakker

Key words

a23.02

Wooden Plaque presented to Bill Bakker

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

Air Force Association, Victorian Division. Life Member, Mr. W.M. Bakker - 1976

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book

Historical information

Poynter A. 431028 qualified as a pilot on Airspeed Oxford 22-3-44

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book. Poynter A. 431028

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Polaroid Lenses for 1068 Goggles

Key words

a9

Brown Box containing 4 green, 4 orange and 2 clear replacement lenses for Polaroid 1068 Goggles.

Historical information

Used by airmen in WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

Polaroid Aviation Goggles Kit No. 1068.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Radio Compass Loop LP 21 - Radio Compass Loop

Key words

a4

Loop Antenna for radio compass S.C.R. 269 and AN.ARN7 widely fitted to US Military Aircraft in WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

Loop used on B-24 Liberator

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

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

Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book

Historical information

R.Carty 418344 qualified as pilot on Airspeed Oxford.17.4.43

Inscriptions & Markings

Form A.18 (Revised April1937) (R.A.F. Form 414)Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book. Richard Carty 418344

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Manual - Instruction Manual. Power Plant. B-24 D Airplane

Key words

power plant
pratt & whitney
r1830
b-24
liberator.

Hardback bound manual

Historical information

Issued to engine mechanics servicing the B-24 Liberator.

Significance

Original WW2 era manual.

Inscriptions & Markings

Instruction manual. Power Plant. B-24 D Airplane. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. Asn Diego, California

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Small bakelite P38 Lightning aircraft model, coloured black including hole for suspension and mobility.

Historical information

Created to supply recognition of friendly/enemy aircraft.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

P-38, US July 42

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book.

Historical information

Flt.Lt.M.D.Frecker qualified as a pilot on B-24 Liberator aircraft, May 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE. FLYING LOG BOOK . FORM A.18.(Revised April 1937) (R.A.F. Form 414.)

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Silver Gillette Shaver

Key words

a23.10

Silver Gillette Shaver in plastic container used by Bill Bakker

Significance

Includeed in the collection of Bill Bakker RNEIAAF

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

Blue - Pilot's Notes. Green - Pilot's Notes.

Key words

a22.07
frecker

Blue - Bristol Aircooled Radial Engines Pilot's Notes, Pegasus CVIII. Green - Rotol Pilot's Notes.

Historical information

Used by pilots during WWII

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Sperry Gunsight - K4 Computing Gunsight for lower Ball Turret

Crackle black single unit. Supplies Gunner with range and ballistic 'drop' information. (Three units held.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No. 4740 (Sperry) S/No. 410380 (N>C>R> under Licence) S/No. 411901 (N>C>R>)

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Log Book - Flying Log Book for Aircrew other than Pilot

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book

Historical information

Aust. 41349 LAC Farnes R.R. qualified as Wireless Operator 6 Oct.1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.C.A.F.R.95 M-12-?3(2887) H.Q.588-R-98 Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Log Book for Aircrew other than Pilot Farnes R.R.Aus-41349

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Small bakelite Spitfire Mk 5 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

"Spitfire" Mk.V. Trop. E9-2275 D^D DC LTD

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Suitcase from Mason Day Frecker

Key words

b24 liberator bomber
world war ii
raaf pilot
world war ii aerial photographs
a22.00

Worn dark suitcase belonging to Mason Day Frekker, strong cardboard covered with 'leatherette', metal fasteners on front, with carry handle. Suitcase contains Flying Log Book RAAF, Wedding Photo, National Archives Record Search Mason Day Frecker, Distinguished Flying Medal Register WW2 x 3, Papers on Medals and Victorian Ground Crew Numbers, Files 1 - 2 - 3 - Photographs, Leaflets, Pilots' Notes, Maps - Germany (28 maps), Buttons and badges and other medals.

Historical information

Suitcase issued to aircraft captains or crew by RAAF during World War II. The contents of M D Frecker's suitcase include World War II medals awarded to the owner, photographs, maps, pilots' handbooks, language dictionaries (Malay, Pidgin, Japanese), propaganda leaflets dropped by Japanese.

Significance

Has historical and social significance, also research significance. Provenance known, owner piloted B-24 Liberator bombers and General Blamey's personal aircraft; item was donated by son. Great interpretive potential.

Inscriptions & Markings

"RAAF/402653/Frecker/M.D." on top surface, "M.D.F." on front surface under handle.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Certificate of Merit - Bill Bakker

Key words

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

Camera

Key words

a17

Camera used by Vern Roberts, RAAF 24 Squadron during 1943-1944.

Significance

Camera was used during 1943-1944 by Vern Roberts, RAAF 24 Squadron.

Inscriptions & Markings

Soho Myna Model SK12

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Photograph of Japanese Surrender on Morotai

Key words

a17.1

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.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Book on B-24 Liberators - Leyburn's Liberators

Key words

leyburn
b24
liberator
raaf
200 flight

Softback book.

Historical information

A history of RAAF 200 Flight at Leyburn Airfield.

Significance

A little known story of secret operations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed inside 'Mr C Chapman, 41 Bay Road, Oatley, 2223'

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Radar Antenna

Key words

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

AN-APR 4 Auto Scanning Radar Counter Measures Receiver

This equipment was used to detect and analyse enemy radar transmissions. A piece of radio equipment very typical of the time, aluminium with circular glass display screen.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Instructors' Handbook of Advanced Flying Training

Key words

a22.08
frecker

Instructors Handbook of Advanced Flying Training issued by Air Ministry May 1943. Air Publication 1732b, 1st Edition, May 1943.

Historical information

Used by pilot instructors during WWII.

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

US World War II multi-coloured map on acetate rayon, printed on both sides, AAF Cloth Map - Southwest Pacific Area, Side 1 - No. 23 North Celebes, Side 2 - No. 24 South Celebes

Key words

world war ii
silk maps
united states of america
a189

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 Map - Southwest Pacific Area Side 1 - No. 23 North Celebes Side 2 - No. 24 South Celebes

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

WWII Japanese Aircraft Compass

Key words

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

Letter from Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Air to M.D. Frecker

Key words

a22.14

Letter from Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Air to M.D. Frecker. Re: awarded medals during services with the Armed Forces during WWII 1939/45

Significance

Includedin the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee