B-24 Liberator Identification Aid

by Phil Marchese

Web page originally created by Jim Augustus and placed on his "NavyLib.com" website.
Slightly edited and posted here by Tony Strotman with Jim's permission.

This page has four aids to help you identify B-24 series and blocks by using photographs of the airplane nose: B-24 Noses; B-24 Anti-Glare Panels;Sub-type Matrix; and Thumbnail Pictorial Guide.   These aids can help identify possible serial number ranges for most nose art photos if enough features of the plane show in the picture.   Beginners should view the B24 Noses link first, to see the shapes of various nose turrets and turret fairings. A good second step to identify the production plant is the B24 Anti-Glare Panels link, because the shape of the paint helps identification in most cases where the plane is "Natural Metal Finish" (NMF); but not in all cases, especially if the plane was stripped of paint in the field. Other identification aides are provided at Bombardier's Scanning Windows and Bombardier's Aim Windows.

The "Sub-type Matrix" below lists thirty-eight (38) sub-type lines identified by series, manufacturer and applicable block numbers. Those very familiar with B-24 variants and production blocks can go straight to the Sub-type Matrix.

There is also a "Thumbnail Pictorial Guide" to the thirty-eight subtypes below the Sub-type Matrix. The instructions there will help you navigate between the Sub-type Matrix and the Thumbnail Pictorial Guide layout. They will automatically point you to the line on the matrix that corresponds to the thumbnail you select.

If you use the Sub-type Matrix, you can start with the block and serial identifications; the middle section on features; or the examples in the last 3 columns of each line. CLICK on any example and an image of the plane will open in a new window. To return to this page, simply close the new image window. Several are links to B24 Best Web.

*See Acknowledgements, Restrictions and Copyright Information below.

(Click on examples in the last 3 columns to see an image of the sub-type.
Click on last serial number in a range to go to the next serial number range.)

Sub-type 
Serial No. Ranges
Totals
Deliveries
Key Identification Features
Examples
Sub-types
Line #

Start-End
Blocks

Start

End

 

1st

Last

Turret
&
Fairing

Bomb Aim Window

Bomb Scan

Nose
Doors

Pitot(s)

Nav

Paint

Low

Middle

High

Start-End
Blocks

Line #


1

D1
HAD-style
CO/CF

 Random

42-72956 

~400

3/43

10/43

A6-A
See Noses 

shallow/ angled 

None 

UP

2high 

rect w/cheek 
no gun


OD
 

Golden Lady 

Kay- O 

Betsy 

D1
HAD-style
CO/CF

1

2

D1
OKC-style

 Random

 42-72963

~200

5/43 

10/43

A6-A
See Noses

 Deep/
vertical

2 sq

UP 

 2high

 rect w/cheek 
no gun

OD & A/S 

 Fat Stuff

 Donna Mia

 Dumbo The Avenger

D1
OKC-style

2

3

D1
HAD-style

 Random

 Random

~72

 5/44

 N/A

A6-A
See Noses

 shallow/ angled

 None

UP

2high 

rect w/cheek 
no gun
 

NMF

Male Call 

 Puss & Boots

 Bail-out Belle

D1
HAD-style

3


4

H-FO
1-20

42-7465
42-52077
42-94729

42-7769
42-52776
42-95022

305
700
294

6/43

1/44

1/44

3/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

OD

Black Widow

Banshee 

San Antonio Rose 

H-FO
1-20

4


5

H-DT
1-mid15

41-28574

 approx. 41-28873

300

8/43

 1/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

OD

Gruseome Goose

Reluctant Liz

Big Stinky 

H-DT
1-mid15

5

6

H-CF
1-20

41-29116
42-64432
42-50277

41-29608
42-64501
42-50354

493
70
78

8/43
8/43
2/44

2/44
11/43
3/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

OD

Lil Peach

Flak Magnet (V1)

El Flako 

H-CF
1-20

6

7

J-CO
1-mid75

42-72964
42-99936

42-73514
42-100154

551
219

8/43
11/43

11/43
11/43

A6-A
Hard

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

OD, "Pink"

A.W.O.L.

Kansas Cyclone 

Tennessee Belle 

J-CO
1-mid75

7

8

J-CF
1-mid10

42-64057

 42-64338

282

10/43

 1/44

A6-A
Hard

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

OD, "Pink"

Nosie Rosie

108

 

J-CF
1-mid10

8

9

F-7A
CF/CO
1-mid10

42-64047
42-73020

42-64371
42-73157

325
138

10/43
09/43

01/44
09/43

A6-A
Hard

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

CAM

Patched Up Piece

The Rip Snorter

Hangover Haven II 

F-7A
CF/CO
1-mid10

9

10

G-NT
1-5

42-78070

 42-78154

85

11/43

 01/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

OD

Queen o Hearts

Skirt Patrol 

 

G-NT
1-5

10

11

J-CO
mid75-90

42-100155

 42-100335

181

11/43

 12/43

A6-B
wrap

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

OD

Yours Truly

Feather Merchant's Folly 

Galloping Katie 

J-CO
mid75-90

11

12

J-CF
mid10-25
(note 1)

42-64339
42-99736

42-64394
42-99871

56

1/44
1/44

1/44
3/44

A6-B
wrap

vertical

no or mod

UP

2high

rect or mod

OD

Madam Shoo Shoo 

The Baby 

Hey Mac 

J-CF
mid10-25
(note 1)

12

13

J-CO
95-140

42-100336
42-109789

42-100435
42-110188

100
400

12/43
1/44

1/44
2/44

A6-B
wrap

vertical

no or mod

UP

1 low

rect or mod

OD

Lady Luck

Hellcat Honey

Old Iron Pants

J-CO
95-140

13

14

J-CF
(All L/L)
25-40

42-99872
44-10253

42-99935
44-10374

64
122

3/44
3/44

4/44
4/44

A6-B
wrap

vertical

no or mod

UP

1 low

rect or mod

OD

No AAF examples

 

 

J-CF
(All L/L)
25-40

14

15

G-NT
10-mid10

42-78155

 ~42-78200

~46

01/44

 01/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

OD

Valiant Virgin

Worry Bird 

Rowdy Dowdys 

G-NT
10-mid10

15

16

G-NT
mid10-16

~42-78201

 42-78474

~274

01/44

 05/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

horz trapz mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Racy Tomato

Phoney Express II 

Fertile Myrtle 

G-NT
mid10-16


16

17

J-CO
145-180

44-40049

 44-40848

800

2/44

 5/44

A6-B
wrap

vertical

horz trapz mod

UP

1 low

rect or mod

NMF

Sknappy

She Devil  

Ding How Dottie

J-CO
145-180

17

18

H-DT
mid15-mid20

41-28871?

 41-28961?

~91

02/44

 02/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Pay Day

Gaurdian Angel

Dumbo 

H-DT
mid15-mid20

18

19

H-DT
mid20-30

41-28962
42-51077

41-29006
42-51225

45
149

2/44
2/44

5/44
5/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Gran Slam

 Sweetest Rose Of Texas

Natures Nymphe

H-DT
mid20-30

19

Line #

Start-End
Blocks

Start

End

Totals

1st

Last

Turret
&
Fairing

Bomb Aim Window

Bomb Scan

Nose
Doors

Pitot(s)

Nav

Paint

Low

Middle

High

Start-End
Blocks

Line #

20

H-FO
25-30

42-95023

 42-95503

481

3/44

 3/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Sally

My Buddie

Latrine Rumor  

H-FO
25-30

20

21

H-CF
25-30

42-50355

 42-50451

97

3/44

 5/44

A-15
S-type

angled braced

no or mod

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

 Wells Fargo

Beast of Bourbon 

Puritanical Witch

H-CF
25-30

21

22

J-CF
45-mid55

44-10375

 44-10483

109

4/44

 5/44

A-15
Sweep

vertical

 no or mod

UP

1 low

rect or mod

OD

No AAF examples

KG987 

 

J-CF
45-mid55

22

23

J-FO
1-5

42-95504
42-50509
42-51431

42-95628
42-51076
42-51610

125
568
180

4/44
4/44
6/44

6/44
6/44
7/44

A-15
S-type

angled/ no brace
(Note 2)

curve trapz

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Maria Lupine

Joplin Jalopy 

Sultry Sue 

J-FO
1-5

23

24

J-DT
1-5

42-51226

 42-51395

170

5/44

 6/44

A-15
S-type

angled/ no brace

curve trapz

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

The Jigs Up

Back To The Sack 

My Bunnie II 

J-DT
1-5

24

25

J-CF
401- n/a

42-50452

 42-50508

57

5/44

 6/44

A-15
S-type

angled/ no brace

curve trapz

DOWN

2high

rect or mod

NMF

Cookie

Solid Comfort 

The Gremlin's Roost 

J-CF
401- n/a

25

26

J-NT
1-5

42-78475
44-28061

42-78794
44-28276

320
216

5/44
5/44

11/44
11/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

vert
rect

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

Touch Me Not 

Shackrat Special 

  Daisy Mae

J-NT
1-5

26

27

J-CO
185-210

44-40849

 44-41389

541

5/44

 8/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

horz trapz mod

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

Last Horizon

  Dream Gal

Louise Mary 

J-CO
185-210

27

28

J-CF
mid55-65

44-10484

 44-10602

119

5/44

 6/44

A-15
Sweep

vertical

 no or mod

UP

1 low

rect or mod

NMF

Massillon Tiger

Rosalyn (-65)

Becoming Back

J-CF
mid55-65

28

29

J-CF
70-mid75

44-10603

 44-10643

41

6/44

 7/44

A-15
Sweep

vertical

 no or mod

DOWN

1 low

rect or mod

NMF

21 Special 

 

Darling "VI" 

J-CF
70-mid75

29

30

J-CF
mid75-105

44-10644
44-44049

44-10752
44-44501

109
453

7/44
7/44

1/45
1/45

A-15
Sweep

vertical

no or mod 

DOWN

1 low

rect or mod

OD

44-10731

 

Hap Arnold Special

J-CF
mid75-105

30

31

J-FO#
10-20

42-51611
44-48754

42-52076
44-49001

466
248

7/44

 8/44

A-15
S-type

angled/ no brace

hard trapz

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

5000th Ford Built Liberator

Bonnie Annie Laurie 

Arsenic and Lace 

J-FO
10-20

31

32

J-DT
10- n/a

42-51396

 42-51430

35

7/44

 7/44

A-15
S-type

angled/ no brace

hard trapz

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

Willie The Wolf

Mission Belle 

Hell's Belle's 

J-DT
10- n/a

32

33

L-FO
1-10

44-49002

 44-49751

750

8/44

 9/44

A-15
Half-S

angular

hard trapz

DOWN

1 low

sq or mod

NMF

Ford's 6000 th

Chief's Delight 

Daddy Of Em All  

L-FO
1-10

33

34

L-CO
1- n/a

44-41390

 44-41448

59

8/44

 9/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

horz trapz
mod

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

China Gal

Old Reliable 

Impatient Lady! 

L-CO
1- n/a

34

35

L-CO
5-20

44-41449

 44-41806

358

9/44

 9/44

A-15
Soft

vertical

vert
rect

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

Nancy

Wild Ass Ride 

My Heart Belongs To Daddy 

L-CO
5-20

35

36

M-CO
1-45

44-41807

 44-42722

916

11/44

 8/45

A-15
Soft

vertical

vert
rect

DOWN

1 low

sq

NMF

Net Results

Moonlight Maid 

 Jaspers Jokers

M-CO
1-45

36

37

L/M-FO
L15- M15

44-49752

 44-51051

1300

12/44

 2/45

A-15
Half-S

angular

hard trapz

DOWN

1 low

bay

NMF

Liberty Belle

Fearless Fosdick 

Mamy Yokum II 

L/M-FO
L15- M15

37

38

M-FO
20-30

44-51052

 44-51928

877

2/45

 6/45

A-15
Half-S

angular

hard trapz

DOWN

1 low

bay

NMF

Ford's
8000th

Atomic Blonde 

V-Cockpit

M-FO
20-30

38

Line #

Start-End
Blocks

Start

End

Totals

1st

Last

Turret
&
Fairing

Bomb Aim Window

Bomb Scan

Nose
Doors

Pitot(s)

Nav

Paint

Low

Middle

High

Start-End
Blocks

Line #

Note 1: There were no J-10/25 CF 42-64339 to 42-99736 in the 8th Air Force.
Note 2: Serial numbers 42-50554 and 42-50555 have been observed with braced bomb view side panels.

Instructions:
(1) When you click on a thumbnail image, a larger image will open in a new window. To return to this page, simply close the new image window.
(2) If you click on a sub-type designation (e.g. "H-FO"), you will be taken to the appropriate line in the Sub-type Matrix above. To return to this Thumbnail Pictorial Guide, just click on your browser's "back" button, click on the sub-type block in the matrix above, or simply scroll back down to this matrix.

B24 Noses

B24 Anti-Glare Panels

B24 Bombardier's Aiming Window

B-24 Bombardier's Scanning Window


"Greenhouse" with
mid pitot


"Greenhouse" with
high pitot


OKC Nose Mod 


 
HAD Nose Mod (OD)


HAD Nose Mod (NMF)
field stripped
 


 
H-FO
1-20



H-DT
1-mid15



H-CF
1-20

 



H-FO
25-30



H-CF
 25-30



H-DT
 mid15-mid20


 
H-DT
mid20-30

 

 

J-CO
1-mid75
J-CF
1-mid10


CO/CF
Variation 


F-7A
Note the camera aperature directly below the navigation
window.  Also note the lack of a bomb scanning window. On
F-7Bs, there often will be a bomb scanning window but no
camera aperature.

 


 
J-CO
mid75-90


 

J-CF
mid10-25


 
J-CO
95-140



 

(need example)


J-CF
25-40


 
J-CO
145-180



G-NT
1-5 



G-NT
10-mid10



G-NT
mid10-16


Thumbnail of Bottoms Up
G-NT
-16



J-NT
1-5

 

 

J-CO
185-210
L-CO
1- n/a 



L-CO
5-20 



M-CO
1-45

 


J-CF
45-mid55


 
J-CF
mid55-65



J-CF

70-mid75



J-CF

mid75-105


 
J-105-CF
Only # 501 to AAF 

 

J-FO
1-5 



J-DT
1-5 


 
J-CF
401- n/a


 

J-FO
10-20


 
J-DT
10- n/a



L-FO
1-20 



M-FO
1-15


 

M-FO
20-30 


 
M-FO
20-30
(example 2)


*Acknowledgements, Restrictions and Copyright Information

Using "The B-24 Liberator" by Al Blue as a baseline and supplemented by extensive cataloging of observations, Phil Marchese amassed and tabulated the information on the sub-type change over points.  This effort was supported by Al Blue, Steve Adams and Jim Augustus; with the photo collection made available by Dan Stockton at B24 Best Web.  Wally Forman provided numerous photographs from his collection to narrow down change over points between sub-types and also provided the inspiration for documenting the change over points in an easy-to-use format.  Jim Augustus designed and constructed the web based tool and provided the web space on his now defunct "7th Bomb Group" web site.

  The information contained in this matrix is limited to the personal use by researchers.  Any commercial use or reproduction of this information in any format or medium, including but not limited to electronic or print, for other than personal used is forbidden without the expressed, written permission of the designers.   Copyright © July, 2000 Augustus/Marchese.