Hasegawa 1/72 B-24J Liberator 01559 E29
Hasegawa 1/72 B-24J Liberator 01559
There is a friendly rivalry between B-17 and B-24 crews as to which was the better aircraft. Really, it is somewhat like comparing apples and oranges as the B-24 was a much newer design. It was also the most built 4 engine bomber in the US and perhaps of all time with 18,000 aircraft of all variants produced during WWII. Over 6,600 of those were J models.
Getting back to the two planes, the B-17 was probably able to absorb more battle damage and was easier to fly in formation, but the B-24 could carry more bombs, was faster, and had greater range. For this reason, you did not see many B-17s in the Pacific or in the Mediterranean, where range was considered to be of paramount importance.
In fact, in the Pacific, you often found Liberators in smaller formations and flying at lower altitudes. Japanese fighter defenses were a pittance compared to the Luftwaffe in Europe. Often times the ball turret was removed and replaced with a simple flexible mounting. Crews often flew in shorts due to the heat at lower altitudes. One plus of all this is that bombing accuracy was better.
The Liberator was flown by the RAF and the RAAF in the CBI and Pacific, some of these planes finding their way to India in the post war period.