B-24D Liberator 42-41030

Beinn Nuis, Brodick, Isle of Arran












Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A  USAAF Consolidated B-24D Liberator bomber.


A typical consolidated liberator aircraft


Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the US Air Force





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 (303mph).

The B-24 was fitted with 11 machine guns and had a bomb carrying capacity of about 3,629kgs (8,000lbs); and, with modifications, had a range of about 4600km (2,858 miles).

Although overshadowed by the B-17 (Flying Fortresses), the B-24 was produced in greater numbers than any other aircraft in history (in excess of 18,000 aircraft).



BELOW: The cockpit controls of the B-24D Liberator shown above.


liberator cockpit controls


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).


Casualties (USAAF)

  • 2nd Lt William M Connelly, Pilot

  • F/O Francis J. Chew, Co-Pilot

  • 2nd Lt Albert T. Spindle, Navigator

  • 2nd Lt Robert J. Hartl, Bombardier

  • S/Sgt Fred W. Brantner, Flight Engineer

  • S/Sgt Joseph B. Moore, Radio Operator

  • S/Sgt Chester E. Cislo, Flight Engineer

  • Sgt Glenn H. Paton, Gunner

  • Sgt. Robert F. Daud, Gunner

  • Sgt Louis S. Golis, Radio Operator

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.


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.


part of the undercarriage from the b-24 bomber


 Photo: © 2008 Alan Leishman





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Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 20 Aug 1943


Accident Site:

Beinn Nuis (792m / 2,598ft)


Region: North Ayrshire (Isle of Arran)


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large town:
Brodick (SE)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Some scattered remains still onsite.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: 42-41030


Operator: USAAF (Part of Knox Provisional Group)


Operating Base: Unknown


Base Location: Unknown





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