Consolidated B-24 Liberator

More Consulidated B-24 Liberator bombers were built
during World War II than any other American aircraft. The Liberator’s
most striking feature was a high-mounted, high-speed wing that reduced drag and contributed to the aircraft’s exceptional range. Also,  the two-section bomb bay in its fuselage accommodated an 8000lb bombload – double that of a B-17.
The Liberator was used for reconnaissance, transport, and maritime patrol duties, as well as bombing missions. It was extensively
employed in t he Pacific War, but its most vital contribution was to the war against Germany.
RAF Coastal Command used the Liberator as an anti-submarine
aircraft in the Battle of the Atlantic. The aircraft’s range enabled it to
bridge the mid-Atlantic gap during aerial patrols, helping to defend
merchant convoys. The Liberator’s range was also put to use in American raids on oilfields in Romania, vital to the German war effort: throughout 1944 the US Army Air Force (USAAF)
carried out attacks from Italy that effectively ended oil production. In
total, 18,188 Liberators were built.