A rare opportunity to own and preserve an original piece of riveted aluminum skin from an early-war combat-veteran Consolidated B-24D Liberator.
This aircraft was built by Consolidated at their San Diego plant and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force as B-24D-CO Liberator serial number 41-11850. Assigned to the 11th Air Force (11th AF), 28th Bombardment Group (28th BG), 404th Bombardment Squadron (404th BS), it bore the number '23' on the nose and was known by its crew as 'L'il Deicer'. The crew of this bomber flew a total of 34 combat mission together between May and August 1944.
On August 13, 1944 this aircraft conducted a bombing mission against Japanese shipping. Returning low on fuel with one engine stopped, this bomber made an emergency landing on Ilak Island in open tundra. Officially, this B-24 was written off on August 13, 1944. Three hours after the crash landing, the entire crew was rescued by a U.S. Navy boat.
There isn't much in the way of exterior paint on these parts, but each piece of aluminum includes at least one rivet and exhibit no corrosion. Each display is signed and numbered by the artist, measures 11x17-inches, and is ready to hang.
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