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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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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

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

American USAF Flag and Certificate

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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

Bomb Release Quadrant- Scale Model

Quarter circle quadrant with operating levers and security bracket. Body is dark green with two red operating handles.

Historical information

After an eight year international search for a complete bomb quadrant to fit the B24- Liberator fuselage it was decided to create a replica. This scale mode was used to prove the methodology.

Significance

This scale model allowed us to manufacture a full size complete working replica.This replica is now installed in the B24-Liberator and completes the operational system.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Plaque

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bakker

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

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Letters to Hazel

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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.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aviation Compass - Aircraft Compass

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aviation compass
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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

Photograph of Japanese Surrender on Morotai

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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

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

Pocket Vocabulary of Malay, Pidgin English and Japanese Phrases and Malay Course for Beginners. M.D. Frecker

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a22.06

A Pocket Vocabulary of Malay, Pidgin English and Japanese Phrases for the use of U.S. Troops in the Southwest Pacific Area. Second printing for Australian Military Forces. Malay Course for Beginners. Far Eastern Liaison Office. Used by Military Forces.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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Oral History: Return of Australian POW's 1945, role of B-24 Liberators and crew - B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia Inc.,Return of the Australian POW's 1945

Approx 25 pp printed on A4 paper in plastic sleeve.

Historical information

B-24 Liberator aircraft and their crews were important in the repatriation of thousands of former prisoners of war at the end of the war in the Pacific in 1945.

Significance

In May 2015 the B-24 Liberator Restoration group organised an exhibition to commemorate the role of B-24 Liberators and their crews in the repatriation of former POWs in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. It was believed that no such exhibition had been organised previously and that the memories of surviving veterans might be lost if no effort were made to record them.This collection includes oral testimonies of 9 surviving veterans who were crew or support staff for Liberators involved in these important missions. It also includes a 7 page summary of the historical context, including statistics of POW numbers, information on Government decisions about repatriation arrangements for South East Asia and the South West Pacific areas, as well as an evaluation of the role of B-24 Liberators in repatriating the former POWs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black-and-white illustration of B-24 Liberator at top of front cover. B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia Inc. Return of the Australian POWs 1945.Tribute to the Liberator Crews who repatriated World War II POW.'They couldn't get home quick enough'

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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Oral History - 356 Wings Over Salbani

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oral history raaf world war ii

Paper printed transcript booklet with central staples.

Historical information

G. Piper was in the RAAF from December 1941 until March 1946 and was a B-24 Liberator pilot between May 1944 and July 1945 with 356 Squadron.

Significance

This oral history of Geoffrey Piper 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 Benalla, Deniliquin,Essendon,Mallala,Long Newnton,Harwell and Kolar.He saw active service in the ACSEA Theatre flying B-24 Liberator aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

356 Wings Over Salbani. Pilot Officer Geoffrey Charles Piper 410373. Royal Australian Air Force Date of Enlistment: 6 December 1941 Melbourne Per Ardua Ad Astra " Through Difficulties to the Stars" on a Printed map background.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Polaroid Lenses for 1068 Goggles

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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

Brown Leather Document Holder

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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

Helmet and Goggles

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.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Map Book - Air Pilot Manual of the Pacific Islands

Large linen covered paper map book

Historical information

Part of pilot equipment to be carried at all times whilst flying in the South Pacific war zone during WW11

Significance

Kept up to date and confidential maps for landing areas on all Pacific Islands in case of emergency

Inscriptions & Markings

Air Pilot Manual of the PACIFIC ISLANDS, confidential, No.4860, 2nd Issue. Office of the ASSISTANT CHIEF OF AIR STAFF INTELLIGENCE Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington D.C. January 3rd 1944.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Computer Navigational MkIII D

Black metal box with SS flap-top cover, moulding and straps for knee attachment.

Historical information

RAAF Manual navigation aircraft calculator(early computer)

Significance

General issue to allied pilots and navigators for airspeed,altitude,air temperature and drift calculations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraving No. 19, Ident.No. G6B/145. I.C.A.N. Serial No. WG/1716*. Computer Navigational Mk.IIID

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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

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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

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Pratt & Whitney R 1830 Radial Engine - 361184

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

Early experience resulted in this motor being partially dismantled to investigate load knocking when turned over on the starter motor. Subsequently it was discovered that the "noise" was normal, a unique aspect of the 1830 engine. The engine was then re-assembled to an operational state using parts from stock.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engine Number 361184

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B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Course and Speed Calculator MKIIA - Course and Speed Calculator

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Course and Speed Calculator MKII - Air speed in MPH and Knots. Wind Speed and direction. In original wooden box. Used on aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

RAF Ref. No. 6B/125 - RCAF Ref. No. 6B/52 No. ST2473/40 Anson/Oxford Serial No. 3441S/40 Box Ref. No. GB/120

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

Aircraft, B-24 Liberator

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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

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Oral History - Arthur Cambell Williams History

A4 perspex covered, bound typed copy

Historical information

Arthur Williams was in the RAAF from13/10/1940 until April 1946 and was a radar operator between February 1945 and April 1946.

Significance

The oral history of Arthur Williams is of historical significance because it provides a first hand account of the individual's experience during WW11 as a member of the RAAF who trained at Tocumwal.He saw active service in the Pacific conflict from Leyburn and Morotai as a radar operator on a B24 Liberator supporting Z Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black printed Arthur Cambell Williams History on grey paper with fancy black border

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Black and White Photographs of Bill Bakker

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Black and white photograph of a young Bill Bakker. Black and white photograph in a frame of Bill Bakker.

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

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

Air Force Association Badge

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Blue and Gold Air Force Association Badge (Bill Bakker)

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

Air Force Association

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Load Adjuster - Bomb Load Adjuster No. 31629

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bomb load adjuster
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Brown Leather Case with 'Slide Rule' inner.

Historical information

1945 Slide Rule US Army Air Force from Prof. Allan Bromley.

Significance

Works by adding Angular moments together to find centre of gravity (COG) of a plane (adds bombs, ammunition and crew on board).

Inscriptions & Markings

Load Adjuster, Property of US Government. 102630 on case. 81629. Airplane serial No. 44-4-1195, Model B-24J

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

RAAF Dress Uniform

RAAF Dress Uniform worn on formal occasions by Flight Sergeant Charles Cull.

Historical information

Worn in WWII as Dress Uniform on Formal Occasions.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Radio Compass Loop LP 21 - Radio Compass Loop

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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