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LB-30 Diamond Lil
Commemorative Air Force
Midland, TX


B-24

This is the LB-30 owned by the Commemorative Air Force as part of the B-29/B-24 Squadron. This Liberator tours extensively across the US. The LB-30 is a cargo variant of the Liberator that was built for the British very early in WWII. The Brits ordered 20 of these aircraft. This was the 18th off of the line. It suffered an accident prior to delivery, and returned to the factory. This aircraft never did make it to England, and was taken over by the US Army Air Force. It flew regularly during the war, and also as a passenger transport for several owners until being acquired by the CAF. This Liberator has round engine nacelles rather than the distinctive B-24 oval nacelles.

Note—Diamond Lil has been repainted and restored back to her B-24A appearance. She has been renamed Ol'927, a name that her crews used for her during the war.

B-24

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