Aircraft Type and Background
USAAF Consolidated B-24D Liberator / 42-41030
Type Nickname: "Lib"; "Lumbering Lib"; "Flying Boxcar", and others.
The Consolidated B-24 heavy bomber first flew in 1939. The
prototypes were equipped with four Pratt & Whitney 1200hp R-1830-33
Twin Wasp engines. Early production versions were fitted with P&W
1200hp R-1830-41 engines with GE turbo superchargers. Later
production versions (B-24Ds) were fitted with P&W R-1830-43 engines.
Later variants followed. Their maximum speed was about 487km/h
BELOW: The cockpit controls of the B-24D Liberator shown above.
Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the US Air Force
Aircraft Accident Details
Accident details for this aircraft are sparse. The B-24 had taken off from Gander in Newfoundland for Prestwick in Scotland. However, as he began his descent into Prestwick (then, RAF Ayr / Heathfield) the pilot flew too low over the peaks of Arran. Consequently, the aircraft struck the side of Beinn Nuis, not far from Goat Fell on Arran.
Aircraft Crew / Passenger Casualties
All ten people on board died in this accident (eight crew and two service personnel travelling as passengers).
2nd Lt A. T. Spindle was buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery, England.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: Shrouded in mist, some of the remaining wreckage from the B-24D Liberator that crashed at Beinn Nuis, Isle of Arran, on the 20 August 1943.
Photo: © 2008 Alan Leishman
BELOW: Part of a landing gear leg from the B-24D bomber.
Photo: © 2008 Alan Leishman
At the moment, there are no additional photos for this crash site in the Photo Gallery.
Registration or Serial: 42-41030
Operator: USAAF (Part of Knox Provisional Group)
Operating Base: Unknown
Base Location: Unknown
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B-24D Liberator 42-41030
Beinn Nuis, Brodick, Isle of Arran