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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Airplane # 14 and crew

Airplane # 14 and crew

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PB4Y-1P Liberator

Note squadron insignia on far right side of nose. (Link)

This insignia was used by a different squadron prior to its approval for use by VP-61. It continued in use following VP-61’s redesignation to VJ-61, VAP-61 and then VCP-61.

The squadron’s first insignia was approved by CNO on 2 October 1951. This insignia had been used by VC-61 before being approved for use by VP-61. Colors for the insignia were: a blue background; a gray and white goose with a pink foot, green eyes, yellow bill, and a red tongue; the pilot and gunner’s uniforms were olive green with yellow life jackets, pink faces, brown gloves, boots were olive green and brown, red nose and green eyes; black and white pilot’s helmet and red gunner’s helmet; black gun with white highlights and a brown stock; gray camera with white sides, a black and white lens with a blue and white sight; the globe had blue water, yellow and white land areas and black longitude and latitude lines.

Consolidated PB4Y-2

Those men are wearing sailors' hats, and the aircraft is in dark (probably blue) paint, so evidently this is a Navy aircraft. The cockpit design is obviously a Liberator (B-24) variant. The Navy flew a few C-87 Liberator Express transports in WWII, but I bet this is the patrol version, built specifically for the Navy, the PB4Y-2 'Privateer'.

 
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