Kingman Army Air Field
& Sales-Storage Depot No.41
COMING SOON . . .
Considering the tons of artifacts in the
Depot 41 Museum Collection,
there's no single piece more awe-inspiring than the 4' X 8-1/2' aluminum assembly above, a Kingman Liberator's left-rear Bomb Bay Door...
The third Bomb Bay Door was the lucky one chosen early in 1989 to be mounted on a custom, rotating stand, then painted with preliminary artwork and taken to the December 1989 San Diego celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Liberator's first flight, where autographs of B-24 people would be sought (Taking a que from Boeing's B-17G 5 GRAND, North American's B-25H BONES, Douglas' A-20K CABOOSE, and at least two Liberators named V GRAND).
By the end of this historic gathering (hosted by The Liberator Club), over 275 signatures had been applied
to the Bomb Bay Door in paint... signatures from men
& even a few women who had, five decades prior, designed, built, worked on and/or flown in the Liberator, both stateside and in overseas combat. Considered to be historically priceless, this once obscure remnant from an anonymous Kingman bomber is now a main focal point of the
Depot 41 Museum Collection!
Some of the fellas with the Door in San Diego:
RECENT UPDATE !
The DOOR was carefully loaded into a van for the 400 mile journey north and on February 6, 2011, totally unplanned, but precisely 64 years to the day from when he took his now-famous and historic series of Kingman photographs in 1947, Bill Larkins kindly added his name to the hundreds who have signed this B-24 Bomb Bay Door over the years:
(See also: B-26, B-32 & P-40 Pages)
B-24 NOSE DOOR
One of the fascinations of the Liberator was its many variations, amongst which were the cargo/transport models. The Door above was found in a Kingman junkyard in the early 1980s, unceremoniously used to store salvaged automotive fuel pumps. A rectagonal stress crack patch can be seen to the upper left of center.
Available here is one B-24 Exhaust Section - officially known as a Port Connector - that once linked the front & rear Collector Rings of a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Engine. Removed from a Kingman Bomber nearly 70 years ago and discarded during the salvage operation, this 8" long stainless steel Assembly bears part # GK32P 1721
Somewhat bent but still proudly bearing many decades' worth of wonderful patina, the "GK" prefix on this rare souvenir indicates it came off a Ford - Willow Run Liberator.
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Photo credits this Page:
Frederick A. Johnsen,
William T. Larkins,
Depot 41 Photo Archive
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