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Data List - as of [1 JUL 2019]
>7000 Unique B-24 "Aircraft Listings"
>16000 B-24 Best Web "Site Images"
To Receive: "
Listings Every Month"

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To Receive the "DATA LIST"
(updated on the 1st of every month!!)...

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You will NOW...
Updated on the "1st of Every Month"!!
Receive the Listings (in "Excel Format" [.xlsx])
with Data of All Aircraft on B-24 Best Web


When You Receive the Latest UPDATES:
The Last Column "YRMODY"
 = Last Updated "Year/Month/Day"

for "Text Files [.txt]"
To Convert your "Text File" into an
"Excel Spreadsheet"
  (readability, sort, offline access, etc.)

        a) Save the file (.txt) to your computer
        b) Open Excel
        c) File Open... 
            Select Files of type: Text Files
            Double Click on the file you just saved
            Select Delimited
            Click Next >
            Under Delimiters: Select Tab
            Click Finish
        d) Save as Excel File (.xlsx)



  • NAME =

    • More than one listing for the "Same Name" indicates Different Aircraft, Nose Art, or Group/Squadron assignments designated by Version #s (V1), (V2)... etc. under the "V#" column.

    • A lot of aircraft names started with "The". They will be listed by the following "Word" in their name.

      Example: WITCH, The

    • Note: AKA = "Also Known As" <Name never applied> and will be represented by the last "3" #s in the S/N (Serial Number)

  • TP =

    • Type
         B - Bomber
      CB - Cargo/Transport Bomber
         F - (F7) Photo Reconnaissance
              Very Long Range (VLR)
              Combat Mapping
      LB - Land Bomber
              (NOT Liberator British) LB-30s repossessed by the U.S. were not given (and did not carry) U.S. Serial Numbers.
              Carried on AAF books as LB-30s with their British serials. These S/Ns were put on the fin (where AAF serials were normally placed)
      PB - PathFinder Force [PFF] Bomber
              15th AF Lead Aircraft with H2X
              "Mickey" Radar
      RB - Restricted Bomber
      SB - Snooper Bomber
              13th AF / 868th BS
      TB - Training Bomber
      WB - Long Range Weather (LRW)
                (Post War Nomenclature)
      XB - Experimental Bomber

  • M# =

    • Model Number
        7 - (A/B) Photo Reconnaissance
      24 - Liberator (Bomber)
      30 - Liberator (Land Bomber)
              Consolidated Model Number

  • SER =

    • Series: A-N

    • Note: May have additional designators after the Series "Letter": (1 | SH | etc.)
         1 - Nose Turret Modification
      AS - Anti-Submarine
      AZ - AZON
      EA - Eagle
      HO - 8th AF H2X "Mickey" Radar + G-H
      NT - Night
      SA - Carpetbagger 801st BG (P)
               Became 492nd BG in Aug 44
               (No Squadron Code)
      SH - 8th AF H2X "Mickey" Radar
      SO - H2S (British Radar)
               Blind bombing installed in early
               482nd BG (P) PFF Aircraft

  • BLK =

    • Block of serial numbers
      (Increments of 5... 1, 5, 10, 15, etc.)

  • MF =

    • Manufacturer
      CF - Consolidated/Fortworth
      CO - Consolidated/San Diego
      DT - Douglas/Tulsa
      FO - Ford/Willow Run
      NT - North American/Dallas

  • SERIAL # =

    • Serial Number - 2digit number, starting the S/N, represents the Fiscal Year Funds that were used to pay for the airplane, usually (but not always) the same as the fiscal year in which the plane was ordered.

  • AF =

    • Air Force Unit Assignment

  • BG =

    • Bombardment Group
      1P =
      1st Provisional Bomb Group - Halverson Project (HALPRO)

  • BS or RS or SQ or WNG=

    • Bombardment Squadron

    • Reconnaissance Squadron - LRW (Long Range Weather)

    • Squadron - F-7 (Photo Reconnaissance)

    • Wing - F-7 (Reconnaissance Wing)

  • SC =

    • Squadron Code - Two letter designation on the fuselage, denoting the Bombardment Squadron

  • RCL/# =

    • Radio Call Letter / #
      # = "Battle", "Constructor", "Distribution", "Last #s of S/N ", "Line" or any other #s shown on PICs
      "~"  =  N/A <Not Applicable>

      Can either be located on the Tail or Fuselage -
      In the "Data Table", (-R) is pronounced "Bar R" and could also be presented as (R).
      (R-) is pronounced "R Bar" and could also be presented as (R)

      Note: Although (R) and (R) can be represented on the web site, true "Text Format" will not permit these! So in order to keep the integrity in the "Text File";

      R  =  (Bar Above R) "Bar R" (R
      R_  =  (Bar Below R)  "R Bar" (R)

  • V#-P =

  • Version Number-Photo Number

(00) = No Other Version (On-Site)

(A#) = Assembly Ship (Lead Formation)

(P#) = Nose Art Panel

(R#) = Restoration/Representation

(W#) = Long Range Weather Reconnaissance (LRW)

  • Photo Credits

    • Copyright by Photographer, Owner, or "Origin" of the image
           AFM - US Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
            CAF - Confederate Air Force, Harlingen, Texas
        NARA - National Archives and Records Administration
        NASM - National Air and Space Museum
      SDASM - San Diego Air & Space Museum
         USAF - United States Air Force

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B-24 Best Web. Published on Veterans Day 11/11/97. Last modified: July 19, 2019