Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Misc. Forums > Aviation History and Nostalgia
Reload this Page >

'Carpetbaggers' B-24 photo

Aviation History and Nostalgia Whether working in aviation, retired, wannabee or just plain fascinated this forum welcomes all with a love of flight.

'Carpetbaggers' B-24 photo

Old 1st Nov 2022, 04:39
  #21 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N/A
Posts: 5,522
Received 242 Likes on 121 Posts
lr, the side note came from a page on the link I provided. Joe Baugher listing has a comment that the Carpetbagger aircraft went for modification following production, perhaps the nose was part of that. The B-24D didn't exactly have a nose that would have enhanced sighting a target at night, low level, possibly in foul weather ie no flat optical panel. Seems from your post the H, or at least some, got the nose as well.

Edited to add seems their aircraft were a mix, this D had flown 25 bombing mission prior to falling into Carpetbagger hands. Perhaps the chap quoting the preference for the D may have been true at one particular time during his service. Teasing out facts can be difficult.

Last edited by megan; 1st Nov 2022 at 05:11. Reason: Photo
megan is offline  
Old 1st Nov 2022, 07:45
  #22 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Westnoreastsouth
Posts: 1,766
Received 6 Likes on 5 Posts
megan - Yep they definitely operated a mixed fleet of various models,I visited the Harrington museum a couple of times many years ago - a very interesting place
longer ron is offline  
Old 1st Nov 2022, 07:53
  #23 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Westnoreastsouth
Posts: 1,766
Received 6 Likes on 5 Posts
I have just taken a quick look at the Harrington website,they have a nice little write up about the setting up of carpetbaggers and their B-24 a/c.


The aircraft used by the Carpetbaggers at first were B-24Ds which had a glazed nose section, later B-24H and J models were used, these were fitted with glazed nose sections in place of the Emerson front gun turrets, this modification, together with other changes, being carried out at Burtonwood (UK Depot)
longer ron is offline  
Old 1st Nov 2022, 08:46
  #24 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Westnoreastsouth
Posts: 1,766
Received 6 Likes on 5 Posts
Interestingly (hopefully) on one of my RAF units we had a C/Tech 'Fairy' (radio/radar) with a fair collection of medals on his best blue and operational para wings on his arm.
I remember during an AOC's inspection in the 70's - the AVM walked past him and did a 'double take',he then just said to Ivor 'Christ you've been around chief' with a grin on his face.
During the war Ivor had been an army sgt working with SOE as a radio op,he was dropped from a Harrington B-24 in Aug 1944 into france and iirc he was awarded the french Croix de Guerre for this op.
longer ron is offline  
Old 1st Nov 2022, 10:50
  #25 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: near an airplane
Posts: 2,544
Received 12 Likes on 12 Posts
I went through the list of B-24s on the site linked to by megan, but was unable to find the particular photo at the top of this thread. I did notice that there were two variations of modified H noses. One as shown in my original photo: http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/B24...rley%20Joy.pdf (scroll down to page four of the PDF for a good view).

The second one is less glasshouse and is more reminiscent of a ball-shaped turret without any guns, see here for one photo that shows it: http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/B24...s/42-52693.pdf (second page in the PDF) and here is another one:

It would be interesting to know how many H or J models were modified to the configuration shown in the photo I posted. I have e-mailed the Harrington museum but they are unable to ID anything from my photo.
Jhieminga is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.