B-24 Liberator site secured

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 21, 2014
An RAAF B-24 in action during WW2. (RAAF)
An RAAF B-24 in action during WW2. (RAAF)

The Victorian government has announced that it has secured the future of the B-24 Liberator Memorial on the corner of Princes Highway and Farm Road in Werribee in Melbourne’s west.

The signing of a land transfer agreement between the state government, Melbourne Water and the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund had paved the way for the preservation and enhancement of the site’s aviation heritage, Victoria’s Minister for Aviation Industry and Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said.

“The Coalition government has been working closely with the fund to help the group realise its dream of a permanent home and on-site museum precinct,” Rich-Phillips said in a statement on Tuesday.

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“I am pleased to be a part of the preservation of this historic hangar and welcome the continued restoration of the B-24 Liberator as an important and proud piece of Victoria’s aviation heritage.”

The B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund has been carrying out restoration work on the World War II-era aircraft in the hangar since 1993.

It was the only remaining Liberator in the southern hemisphere and one of only eight still left worldwide.

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2 Comments

  • Raymond

    says:

    Another feather in the cap for aviation in Victoria, thanks to the Victorian Government.

    Hopefully they are re-elected next month!

  • Pat

    says:

    My Dad would have been delighted – he first flew a Liberator 70 years ago, as a member of Parson’s RAAF crew with USAF’s V Bomber Command in North Queensland in 1944. He continued to fly them until January 1949, when he was posted to 6 Squadron flying Lincolns. The B-24 always held a special place in his memory.

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