Sun., February 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Hosted by Oliver North
The Liberator: The B-24. A revolutionary plane built for the worst of times. Its design meant it could take more bombs further. The planes and their crews braved the lead-filled skies from North Africa to the Pacific island of Iwo Jima and everywhere in between. During World War II they dropped over 1.2 billion pounds of bombs and shot down thousands of enemy aircraft. But, despite their amazing record and greater capabilities, they are much less glorified or well know than their counterparts, the B-17 "Flying Fortress."
In this fascinating episode of “War Stories with Oliver North” you’ll meet the three surviving members of “Hot Shot Charlie’s” crew. On one terrifying mission German flak flipped their Liberator upside down and sent it hurtling toward the ground. You’ll also join Richard Butler and Robert Strenfels on the devastating first raid against the Ploesti oil fields, which were fueling the Nazi war machine. And Robert Will remembers the design quirks that earned B-24s a rather unflattering nickname. This inspiring episode of “War Stories with Oliver North” will also take you back to the home front and inside the massive Ford Plant at Willow Run. And “Rosie the Riveter” Bette Torres fondly remembers toiling away in the factory that built up to 500 Liberators in a single month.
“The Liberators: B-24 Bomber Boys” pays tribute to the men and women who flew and built these amazing machines. Without them victory during World War II would have been delayed and, perhaps, not possible.
Staff for this episode:
Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne
Written and Produced by Martin Hinton and Kelly Guernica
Editor: Brian Kramer
Production Associate: Andrew Stenner
Opening Animation: Yong Kim
Fox Music: Christopher Clark
Business Manager: Reynard Erney
Manager of Post Production: Ken Schwab
Creative Director: Richard O’Brien