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The B-24 Liberator: A Pictorial History Hardcover – June 1, 1976
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A fascinating history of the airplane used by the Allies from 1941-1945- a plane that was versatile and remarkable but also hard to handle and underpowered
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If the book has a weakness, it is in the photos contained in this volume. There is a bit of a disconnect between some of the pictures and the narrative. I also felt there was a bit of an over emphasis on "one-off" types. Still, this book is - despite its age (published in 1976) - the most comprehensive study on the Liberator.
There have been other books on the B-24 that are well executed. However, none contain the wealth of information present in Allan Blue's volume. Further, none have a range and depth of information that is as comprehensive and as well presented as is contained herein. Thus if you are interested in the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, or any at all of its variants, this book is for you. If you are a an aviation historian and need B-24 Liberator data or information, then this is your source for almost all of what you need.
As far as aircraft history books go I put it in the top three that I know of. It's right up there with Dennis Jenkins's volume on the F-105 Thunderchief, and David Anderton's on the F-100 Super Sabre. All three comprise the right balance of excellent growth and development detail, equipment description and explanation, pictorial example, technical and contractor/customer aircraft airframe unit data, and concise USAAF/Navy Unit/Theater application history. This is all supported by a superb narrative, well designed tables, and photographic evidence.
Blue's book is available on the open market - when copies are available - only in used form. I purchased mine after finding and examining a loan copy via public library search. It was well worth the wait and the investment.
more detail wasn't given on the RAF Liberator s/n break-downs. Top-notch appendices and detailed text and photos
however make this a must-purchase. www.uswarplanes.net.