Monogram B-24J "TBA", 1:48
A Consolidated Liberator Mk VI, as crewed by Pete Sianchuk in Southeast Asia Command (SEAC). Pete joined the RCAF in the spring of 1943 and trained as a bombardier at the Consolidated Liberator OTU in Boundary Bay, BC. He commenced operational flying in February 1945 from RAF Digri, near Calcutta, with 159 Squadron, an RAF unit with a fair complement of Canadians. Their missions were generally 12-14 hour runs across the Bay of Bengal to targets in Burma, one of which was the infamous bridge on the River Kwai. Sometimes referred to as the Forgotten War, SEAC missions were not without hazard. As the bombing of railroad bridges necessitated relatively low level attacks in the interest of accuracy, SEAC Liberators suffered damage and losses from anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). After one particular mission, Pete noted that a large calibre AAA shell hole was found in one of the wings - fortunately, it had gone straight through without causing catastrophic damage. Pete flew several missions in this particular aircraft, designated as aircraft "V" by the RAF, the crew dubbed it 'Vernon the Villain'.