B-24s for China

Last revised August 20, 1999






During early 1944, ten USAAF B-24s of the Chinese-based 7th Bombardment Group were transferred to the Chinese Air Force. However, the crews were unable to learn how to fly these planes, and the Liberators were returned to the USAAF in August of that year.

In May of 1945, three B-24Ms were again transferred to the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, followed by another 23 in July. This time, the crews had better luck in learning how to fly them successfully. Ultimately, a total of 38 B-24Ms were transferred to China. Many of these were transferred to Taiwan when the mainland was taken over by Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces in 1949. I have few other details of their service on Taiwan, and I have only a couple of their CAF serial numbers. Can anyone help?

Serial numbers of Chinese Air Force B-24Ms:

44-42249/42348		Consolidated B-24M-25-CO Liberator
				42270 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42276 to Chinese Nationalist AF
44-42449/42548		Consolidated B-24M-35-CO Liberator
				42461 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42462 to Chinese Nationalist AF
					CAF serial number B-24002
				42468 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42469 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42470 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42472 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42475 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42476 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42477 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42481 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42483 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42484 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42485 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42500 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42501 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42502 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42503 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42505 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42506 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42507 to Chinese Nationalist AF
					CAF serial number B-24021
				42508 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42510 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42512 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42513 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42514 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42515 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42516 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42520 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42521 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42527 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42528 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42529 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42530 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42531 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42532 to Chinese Nationalist AF
				42533 to Chinese Nationalist AF

Sources:

  1. Liberator: America's Global Bomber, Alwyn T. Lloyd, Pictorial Histories Publishing Co, Inc, 1993.

  2. Consolidated B-24D-M Liberator IN USAAF-RAF-RAAF-MLD-IAF-CzechAF and CNAF Service, Ernest R. McDowell, Arco, 1970.