Consolidated RY-3 'Liberator Express'
| John D. Voss|
| The RY-3 was the transport version of the PB4Y-2 Privateer. Ironically, this aircraft retained its Liberator namesake of "Liberator Express" as opposed to "Privateer Express" or some variation thereof. The USN originally ordered 112 of these aircraft of which only 33, 37 or 39 were delivered (depending upon which source one refers). In any case all references seem to agree that 26 of the aircraft were delivered to 231 and 232 Sqdn of the RAF. The balance being retained by the USN (i.e. 7, 11 or 13). The USAAF expressed interest in the RY-3 and placed a tentative order of 125 to be known as the C-87C. High quantites of the superior Douglas R5D / C-54 Skymaster transports became available which precluded further procurement of the RY and C-87 series aircraft. |
03/28/2006 @ 18:11 [ref: 12960]
| John Henderson|
| I have a photograph depicting (I believe) a RY3 named "Marco Polo" an aircraft used to transport Lord Mountbatten during his tenure in SEA Command.
Can anyone provide any information on this aircraft at all? Best regards,
06/26/2004 @ 07:00 [ref: 7696]
| COL. WILLIAM C. DICKMAN USMC (RET.)|
san antonio, TX
| HAVE PREVIOUSLY GAVE INFO ON RY-3'S. MY E-MAI HAS CHANGED.
PLEASE UP DATE.
12/26/2001 @ 20:44 [ref: 3907]
| COL. WILLIAM C. DICKMAN, USMC (RET.|
san antonio,, TX
| served as a navigator and pilot on RY3's.
bureau numbers 90043,90046,90048, have this verified in my naval log book.made several trips from hawaii EWA MARINE AIR BASE TO ALL PACIFIC ISLANS AND PEKING CHINA. 1946
IF YOU NEED MORE INFO ON AIRCRAFT LET ME KNOW.
WE CARRIED 3100 GALS FUEL AND MADE SOME LONG HOPS.
PH: 830 980 4854
FAX: 1 830 438 3916
510 FOSSEL PASS
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78260
07/15/2000 @ 01:00 [ref: 447]