Liberators Over Europe

The B-24 Liberator flew 400 bombing missions over Europe during World War II, losing some 10,000 airmen and 1,000 aircraft between 1942 and 1945. This edited sequence, from the 1947 Air Force film "Liberators Over Europe," captures some of the "Lib" bomber's best-known missions, starting with the intense raid on the German oil depot at Ploesti, Romania in August 1943. The B-24 named Boomerang suffered a near-fatal attack, but limped back to base and launched anew for another 53 missions before returning stateside as a goodwill ambassador. Other scenes include an intensive bombing campaign mounted against north German ports; D-Day on June 6, 1944, beginning with beach bombing at Normandy followed by tree-level ground support and parachute runs over French countryside; and escorting the Army over the Rhine and ultimately to victory. (6:00)

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