Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
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Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

The PB4Y-2 was a long-range oversea bomber-reconnaissance development of the PB4Y-1 Liberator. The original contract was placed with Consolidated by the US Navy in May 1943 and work on three prototypes started almost immediately. Four months later, on 20 September, the first prototype flew. It used the same Davis wing and landing gear as the Liberator but was otherwise a new design embodying most of the structural features of its predecessor. The most obvious change was the single fin and rudder. The fuselage forward of the wings was lengthened and armament was rearranged to include a Consolidated nose turret, two Martin dorsal turrets, a Consolidated tail turret and two Erco 'blister'-type waist turrets on the fuselage sides, all with 12.7mm Browning machine-guns. A total of 740 were built. A transport version was also built as the RY-3, of which a small number found their way into US Navy and RAF service.

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

 ENGINE4 x 1,350hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
    Take-off weight29510 kg65059 lb
    Empty weight17018 kg37518 lb
    Wingspan33.53 m110 ft 0 in
    Length22.73 m75 ft 7 in
    Height9.17 m30 ft 1 in
    Wing area97.36 m21047.97 sq ft
    Max. speed382 km/h237 mph
    Cruise speed225 km/h140 mph
    Ceiling6309 m20700 ft
    Range4508 km2801 miles
 ARMAMENT12 x 12.7mm machine-guns

Consolidated PB4Y-2 PrivateerA three-view drawing (948 x 836)

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Hank Rausch, 07.03.2015

Enlisted in January 55,graduated boot camp Apr55, went to NAS Glenview. Wanted to fly. Became an on the job (OJT) striker/trainee for the Radioman-Gunner rate [Aviation Electronicsman (AL) rate] which was disestablished in late 55/early 56. Flew as top gunner/2nd radioman in rear compartment. Don't remember BuNO, but flew on #203. Plane had large red stripe completely surrounding rear of plane with name "GLENVIEW" in white letters amidships. Tail (rudder) letter was "V" indicating Glenview. Main function was training/maintaining skills of multi-engine crews and the aviators attending CIC school at Glenview. Wentto Hspital corps School at Grt.Lks. in Jun 56 and returned to Glenview in Dec 56. All PB4Y-2s gone, replaced by P2Vs. There is a Privateer being reconditioned at Chino Airport/Museum, CA and there is another one still owned by the Navy on the bottom of Lake Washington, Seattle WA (ran off runway at NAS Sand Point). Retired Jun 85 as a MACM.

Dick H. Smith, 02.02.2015

I was a co-pilot, VPB 122, Shemya, Aug.6.- 1945-Sep.2, 1945.
Plane commander Ham Dawes. Good flying ship! Weather, excellant. I'm 94 yrs.

Curt Bronson, 19.11.2014

My grandpa Dave Bronson was the pilot of the PB4Y-2 bomber
The Miss Sea-Ducer. He was with VPB-116. I have his flight log books and alot of information about him and his crew. If anyone has or wants information about it feel free to contact me.

Steve Piper, 09.10.2014

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Steve Piper, 09.10.2014

Hello, Yankee Air Museum is working on 59876 and will be marking her as a training unit out of Corpus Christi. Time frame will be 1947-1950. I was hoping someone can help with accurate markings and locations for a Privateer from one of the training units that was based there. Please contact me with any information or photos from this time period. Thank you very much. Steve

Norm, 18.08.2014

Oct. 1951 FASRON/101 NAS Quonset Pt. newly-wed AT-1 recalled from honeymoon, to be part of 1st detachment flying to Keflavik, Iceland; to establish the new FASRON 107. My task: set-up /supervise new Radar Maintenance Shop- & live in a Quonset hut; without Bride of ~ 6 weeks! Bah Humbug !

Matt Costantino, 17.07.2014

My fiance's grandfather was Ens. John A. Childers with VP-106 the Wolverators in 1945. He told a story about having to land his plane on Hainan Island after losing 2 engines. If anyone recognizes the name or the incident, please feel free to reach out. Thanks!

Scott, 03.06.2014

Wow, that automatic spell check can really mess things up, sorry.
We're looking for any information on the Privateer that Jen's grandfather was in during the Marcus Island raid on May 9th, 1945. Bureau #54444, we think. Plain was nicknamed the 'Liberty Hound'. James A Brumley, Jen's grandfather, was the radio operator and was killed when there Privateer was shot down and crashed into the sea. 5 survivors were rescued by the USS Julleo several hours later. Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated. These men deserve to have there story told and receive the honor they so richly deserve.

scott, 03.06.2014

Great sight. I'm helping my girlfriend write a book. Her grandfather was a member of VBP-108 and was shot down during the Marcus Island raid May 9th 1945. He was aboard the 'Liberty Hound'. A privateer piloted by Ltd Commander Muldrow, who also parishedo in the attack. We're looking for any retrenchment to the 'Liberty Hound' or James A Brumley. Thanks to all. Scott

Bob Silverbeg, 01.06.2014

correction: it was November 1945, not '43 as in my prior note.

Bob Silverberg, 01.06.2014

In November of 1943, we left Okinawa on our way back to the States aboard a PB4Y2. It was on Thanksgiving Day '43, and our Thanksgiving dinner was a can of Vienna Sausage.

John Preston, 30.05.2014

I was a combat aircrewman with VPB-116 flying raids against the Japanese home islands out of Iwo Jima.from May 1945 until the wars end. We shot down 2 Zero fighters in Suruga Bay on Aug 4, just 2 days before the Hiroshima bomb.I and my crew were awarded the DFC and five Air Medals over the several months in which we also flew anti sub patrols over the huge fleet which was forming for the invasion. Must have been a thousand warships and two thousand freighters. Looked like land on the radar!

Judy Couvillion, 22.05.2014

My uncle, Myrton Ebright flew one of these during WW II. I know little about them but would love to hear from anyone connected to Myrton during WW II. Myrton died in 1980 so I can't go to him for information.

Charles R. Wirt, 01.04.2014

For Theodore I. Myer, my dad flew with VU-2 at NAS Chinco 1946-47, safety pilot in drone F6F's primarily as Ensign, possibly Lt.J.G., Dares E. Wirt. He is now retired near Atlanta GA from Lockheed & USNR, VA/VF-672. He & my mother rented a small cottage on the island, separated from active duty, completed Ga Tech, then back with USNR. Never flew PV4Y's, but I will look up his logbook if you are interested.

Steve Piper, 20.01.2014

Does anyone have any pictures or information on the markigs of Privateers based out of Corpus Cristi late '40s, early '50s timeframe?

Curt Bronson, 05.01.2014

I am the grandson of David E. Bronson the pilot of the PB4Y-2 VPB-116. I have alot of information, photos and storys about members of the Bronson crew. Charles l thomas, i would really like to answer some questions. 502 876-7978

TJ Meyer, 15.12.2013

I work for NASA at Wallops Flight Facility, formerly Chincoteague Naval Auxiliary Air Station, and have been collecting stories and photos from former Navy servicemen who were there from 1943-1959. I would be very interested in talking to anyone who trained, flew or worked at Chinco.

TJ Meyer, 15.12.2013

I work at NASA Wallops FLight Facility, formerly the Chincoteague Naval Auxiliary Air Station from 1943 - 1959. I have been collecting many photos and stories of servicemen who trained, flew and worked at Chinco. Please contact me and I might be able to connect you to some photos and former servicemen.

Bill Fann, 12.12.2013

My Father Served in the Pacific during WWI. His plane was the Long Island Belle He was a wing leader and a waist gunner. He went by Red and was on Tinian,Leyte and served with CASA Su 9. Does anyone remember anything about this plane or crews(s?)

John Bradford, 02.12.2013

I was privelged to fly both the PB4Y-1 LIBERATOR (Army B-24J), about 1400 pilot hours, and the PB4Y-2 PRIVATEER, about 900 pilot hours. I've noted mistakes in this segment of the internet calling the PRIVATEER a "Navy B-24", it was not! I felt that the 4Y-2 was a nicer flying bird than the 4Y-1. With all the extra armament, it was quite formadible-looking.

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