QuestMasters B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber Wreck Index
U.S. Army B24J-155-CO-44-40332
This Consolidated B-24J Liberator was found in February 1993 in Aiea, Hawaii. Built in March 1944, "44-40332" crashed on May 5th 1944 due to a onboard fuel problem. "332" was on her maiden voyage from California for final assignment to the 5th AAF in Austrialia. All ten crew members were killed on impact having never seen a day of combat. Upon impact "332" burst into flames nearly destroying the entire aircraft. "332" did not carry any unit markings, or nose art. Today only "332's" right and left wing with wheels, four engines, tail turret, and many small parts remain on the impact site. The Nose section, from the cockpit forward, and the Martin 250 upper turret have been recovered for restoration in the QuestMasters Museum.
U.S. Army B24J-80-CO-42-10021X
This Consolidated B-24J Liberator was found near Wheeler Army Air Force Base, January 1996, in Hawaii. Very little is know of the history of this B-24. Only part of the tail was found as seen in the photo. No fire damage was found on the remains at the crash site. This was an early B-24J as noted by the olive-green paint that remained on the veritical stabilizer. Later B-24 Liberators were unpainted to save both materials and total aircraft weight (approximately 1000 pounds). The serial number was found to be partly obscured, so the last digit is represented by an "X". The only unit markings that were found on the aircraft were four horizontal lines on the vertical stabilizer, which is unknown to the author. Due to extensive corrosion only the serial number was recovered for preservation at the QuestMasters Museum.
U.S. Army B24D-10-CO-41-23901
This Consolidated B-24D Liberator was found on the Wailua Suger Cane Plantation fields near Waimea Falls, 1994, in Hawaii. This aircraft crashed March 1942 during a routine costal patrol of the Hawaiian coast. Three of her eight man crew died in the crash. Official Army Air Force reports concluded that the aircraft was on final approch when fuel ran out and the pilot ditched the aircraft in a suger cane field. The aircraft remains today in a very sorry state. The aircraft was stripped in the late 1980's for aluminum scrap, but many pieces remain on the crash site. Due to the lack of fuel onboard the aircraft, very little fire damage to the aircraft is present. The aircraft was painted in an overall olive drab paint scheme with "early" wartime U.S. national insignia. Several small pieces were recovered for the QuestMasters Museum including the port wing star (seen in photo), an E-6B flight computer, several gun chutes, a mess kit, a match container, multiple .50cal armour piecing rounds, a portion of a Browning .50cal machinegun and a propeller hub from one of the engines.
U.S. Army B24D-13-CO-41-23938
This aircraft is believed to be a Consolidated B-24D Liberator due to the fact that it crashed near several other B-24D Liberators of the same or near serial number. This aircraft was found near Wheeler Army Air Force Base, January 1996, in Hawaii. The photo depicts the forward starboard section of a B-24 Liberator painted in olive drab with the number 938 stenciled in yelllow below the navigators window. This section of the B-24 has been recovered for the Questmasters Museum for preservation. Any further information on this aircraft would be greatly appreciated.