By Robert F. Dorr
Ever found in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the crusade. From its ignominious beginnings within the Allied rout within the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the japanese hurricane with a handful of bomb teams, which performed an important function in checking the enemy's growth first of all in New Guinea, after which actively engaging within the 'island hopping' crusade in the course of the south-west Pacific.
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B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War by Robert F. Dorr