North American was contracted to build B-24s starting in 1942. The first 25 aircraft built were B-24G and based on the late block B-24D. These aircraft had a Sperry ball turret and three .50-cal. machine guns in the nose. However, combat experience showed the B-24D and early B-24G to be vulnerable to frontal attack so design data for the Ford-built B-24H was incorporated in the North American version resulting in the B-24G-1. This version had an Emerson nose turret in place of the two or three .50-cal. machine guns used on earlier models.
A total of 430 B-24Gs were built and most were sent to the 15th Air Force in Italy. North American began delivering B-24G-1 Liberators in November 1943.
N. American B-24D; Nose turret
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