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India's Scrapyard Liberators
« on: May 16, 2021, 02:29:59 pm »
In 1948 India had no heavy bombers and were reduced to rolling bombs out of a Dakota. Then they remembered the old wartime B-24s in the breakers yard...

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Aircraft/History/927-B24.html#gsc.tab=0

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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2021, 11:58:43 pm »
IIRC the B-24 in the museum at Cosford is one of those ex-Indian ones.

A brilliant re-use of 'available assets'.
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2021, 01:01:02 am »
In 1948 India had no heavy bombers and were reduced to rolling bombs out of a Dakota. Then they remembered the old wartime B-24s in the breakers yard...

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Aircraft/History/927-B24.html#gsc.tab=0

Weren’t Indian B-24s used for maritime reconnaissance/patrol in the real world?

EDIT: lesson 1: follow link, read and then not ask the stupid question!  And yes, the Cosford example is ex-Indian.
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2021, 04:00:11 am »
That reads like a backstory written by someone here.

Thanks for the link Nick.  Good stuff.
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2021, 10:18:01 am »
EDIT: lesson 1: follow link, read and then not ask the stupid question!  And yes, the Cosford example is ex-Indian.

Correct. However it seems that she now resideds in the bomber command hall at Hendon.
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2021, 10:32:37 am »
My Dad was at RAF Digri (near what was Calcutta) with 617 Sqn at the end of WWII, he told me that Liberators were disposed of by belly landing them into the sea a few miles off the coast after anything useful had been removed. He later told me that the Indians retrieved a number of them from their watery grave.
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2021, 10:41:50 am »
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2021, 11:22:20 am »
I do remember the news reoprt when it arrived from India in this country. (The UK)

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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2021, 12:33:02 pm »

Correct. However it seems that she now resideds in the bomber command hall at Hendon.


That would have been an interesting move down the motorway network, the Liberator's a BIG aeroplane!
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Re: India's Scrapyard Liberators
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2021, 02:02:26 pm »
well the Valiant made the same trip in the opposite direction.............I would think they (the RAFM) have got moving large airframes across country down to a fine art by now.
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