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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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location
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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Astro Compass MKII

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astro compass mkii
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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.

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

Bomb Release Quadrant - Partial Bomb Release Quadrant

The item has 50% of it's body missing.Quadrant base and operative lever.Quarter circle casting with operating handle attached,base is squared off with rivets attaching both parts.

Historical information

Created for the purpose of bomb delivery from B-24 Liberator aircraft. The item was originally fitted to RAAF Liberator 72-176. During salvage and disposal operations it was damaged losing 50% of the body. The item was used as a reference to manufacture a complete example.

Significance

An example of late 1930's engineering practice in an endeavour to modernise aircraft technology.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bomb doors, 32-F-7523 (part number) three times, closed, open, safe, select.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

A4 sheet of War Office Courses - War Office Courses

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War Office Courses offered by University Correspondence College

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aero Engine Valve Assembly - Aircraft Radial Engine Valve

Valve fitted with spring and porcelain valve head.Slight bend in valve stem due to impact damage.

Historical information

Item was found at a Japanese aircraft crash site on Nauru Island 1975

Significance

Indicate Japanese manufacturing level during WW11. The porcelain head on the valve is unusual and difficult to match to steel.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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

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

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

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Flying Log Book - Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book

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.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

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Oral History - Memories Of My Years in the RAAF and RAF 1942-1945 Ian Middleton

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oral history raaf world war ii

A4 paper printed transcript in bound plastic cover.

Historical information

I.Middleton was in the RAAF from October 1942 until December 1945. He was a B-24 Liberator pilot between December 1944 and August 1945 with 70 Squadron

Significance

This oral history of Ian Middleton 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 Somers, Tasmania and Point Cook. He saw active service in the Mediterranean conflict flying B-24 Liberator aircraft from Italy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Print of an RAAF flying wings badge. In printed silhouette clear roundel,Memories of My Years in the R.A.A.F. and R.A.F. 1942-1945 Underneath this a copy of a photo of a B-24 Liberator, Ian Middleton.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound hard cover book

Historical information

F/LT. C.T. Lister qualified as a pilot.on B-24 Liberator aircraft April 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Form A.18. (Revised April 1937.) (B.A.F. Form 414.) Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book Lister

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

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Oral History - A Navigator's War

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oral history raaf world war ii

A4 Paper printed transcript in plastic cover

Historical information

I. Edmiston was in the RAAF from March 1942 until December 1945 and was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator between Early 1943 and June 1945 with Coastal Command and 160 Squadron.

Significance

This oral history of Ian Edmiston 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 Cootamundra, Evans Head, Parkes, Prince Edward Island and the Bahamas Islands.He saw active service as navigator in a B-24 Liberator aircraft in the South East Asian Islands.

Inscriptions & Markings

A Navigator's War. By Ian Edmiston

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Plaque presented to Bill Bakker

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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

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

Service Maunuals Case - Service Manuals in officially supplied Case

Square leather case with 2 handles and metal clasp, with gold inscriptions.

Historical information

Service manuals for the B-24D Liberator aircraft.

Significance

These instruction mauals were officially issued from the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, San Diego, California USA

Inscriptions & Markings

E. Duplex SUMITON, ALA. CONSOLIDATED VULTEE with an eagle in gold circle. Service Manuals. 01618 i tooled into base of case.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Book - Liberator Pilot's Notes

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Historical information

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

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. 22 Southwestern and No. 26 East Java, Side 2 - No. 25 Timor

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silk maps
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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. 22 Southwestern and No. 26 East Java Side 2 - No. 25 Timor

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Photograph of Bill Bakker

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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

Manual for B-24 Liberator flight engineers - Handbook for the flight engineer B-24D airplanes

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liberator
flight engineer
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consolidated vultee

Loose-leaf manual in three-ring binder. Dark brown with gold lettering. 86 pages.

Historical information

Original 1943 manual. Issued to B-24 Liberator Flight Engineers.

Significance

Issued to RAAF B-24 Liberator flight engineers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Published 1943 by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. San Diego, California. Printed by Fry & Smith Ltd. San Diego, California.

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

WWI Flying Goggles

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Airman's Flying Goggles used in WWI

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Log Book - Obserevers Air Gunners And W/T Operators Flying Log Book

Rectangular blue linen bound cover book

Historical information

C. G. Ashcroft qualified as a 1st Engineer on B-24 Liberator aircraft in March 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

G C Ashcroft 32827 Flying Officer

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

Plaque

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RAAF Plaque presented to Bill Bakker

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

1921-1981 Aircraft Depot RAAF Providemus, Queen's Colour Presentation 6 November 1981

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Frecker's Medals (Replicas)

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

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

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

Medium bakelite German Junkers 88 aircraft model, 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

German Junkers 88. 9.42

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Buttons and Badges worn on RAAF Uniform

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Buttons and Badges worn on RAAF Uniforms

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Plaque - Dutch

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bakker

Wooden Plaque from Holland, presented to Bill Bakker

Significance

Included in the collection of Bill Bakker ex RNEIAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

Koninkliji Luchtmacht Parvus Numero Magnus Merito

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee

Aircraft Recognition Model - Model Aircraft

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

B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Australia Inc, Werribee