5 Reasons The B-24 Liberator Was One of the Best WWII Bombers

World War Two US B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 93rd Bomb Group 1943. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

During World War II, the United States of America produced only three types of four-engined long-range bombers in any numbers. These were the B-29 Super Fortress, the B-17 Flying Fortress, and the B-24 Liberator.

Although being the most produced bomber, the B-24 Liberator was somewhat unpopular compared to its contemporaries. However, this does not invalidate the impact made by the B-24 during the war.

Here are five reasons why the B-24 Liberator was one of the best World War II bombers:

1. Innovative Design

A B?24 Liberator flies over Ventura County on it’s way to Camarillo Airport. A WWII era B?17 Flying Fortress and B?24 Liberator arrived in Camarillo Airport today. Tours of the historical bombers will be offered Tuesday 9:00am until 6:30pm and Wednesday 9:00am til 1:00pm when they depart. Donations of $8. for adults and $4. for children are requested. Digital image taken on 04/23/2003. Photo by ^^^ (Photo by Stephen Osman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The B-24 Liberator was considered modern at the time of its inception. It featured a shoulder-mounted Davis wing, which gave the giant bomber high cruise speed, high stamina, and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load.

2. Versatility

The B-24 Liberator saw service in every theater of operations and served in every branch of the United States military. The B-24 was used for a variety of roles including heavy bomber, anti-submarine, patrol, and transport. One of its most notable contributions was closing the Mid-Atlantic gap during the Battle of the Atlantic.

3. High Bomb Load Capacity

(Original Caption) Mediterranean: Bombs that hit the Vienna Rail yards on January 15th are ready to leave the bomb bay of the B-24 Liberator, as it starts its bomb run. Heavies of the 15th Air Force have been effectively tying up hun rail facilities in Central Europe.

The B-24 Liberator can carry a bomb load of up to 12,800 lbs (5,805 kg), terrifyingly destructive once successfully delivered to its target. Due to this, the B-24 became a priority target for smaller and more agile fighter planes.

4. Legendary Stamina

A squadron of B-24 Liberator bombers flies away from Budapest train station after bombing it. Budapest, 9th August 1944 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Due to its modern wing design and fuel capacity, the B-24 Liberator gained a legendary combat range. With this, the B-24 Liberator became the first plane to be capable of non-stop transatlantic flight, which proved to be very useful for patrol and transport missions.

5. Electronic Warfare

Equipped with newly developed radar technology, the B-24 Liberator advanced the use of electronic warfare. It also became the platform for the use of the American’s laterally-guidable, precision-guided munition called Azon.


Despite its ugly duckling reputation, it is without a doubt that the B-24 Liberator was one of World War II’s most effective weapons.