The World War II Photo of the Week
for 31 July 2000
|The Strawberry Bitch
B-24 Liberators like the Strawberry Bitch were employed in operations in every combat theater during the war. Because of its great range, the Liberator was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania on August 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater. More than 18,000 Liberators were produced. The Bitch, a B-24D, is now on display at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
During the war, she flew combat missions from North Africa in 1943-44
with the 512th Bomb Squadron. Photos above (of the Bitch in 1944 and of her crew) from the Webmaster's collection; photo below (of the Bitch today) reprinted courtesy the USAF Museum.