B-24 wing-spar centre sections in a huge new plant 'Somewhere in the South-West', May 1942. The spar passing through the fuselage in the 'shoulder' position reduced the cabin headroom considerably around the centre of gravity making the Liberator's transport use a compromise. This did not prevent Winston Churchill from travelling in one.
Churchill's LB-30 'Commando' was later modified to a configuration close to the RY-3 stretched, single-fin Liberator transport, though it retained LB-30 circular cowlings .....Churchill never flew in Commando in it's stretched form.
C-87 view past Navigators table to small hatch (less than 24 inches square, see yardstick)...leading to passenger compartment under wing spar
View forward to hatch from passenger seats under spar ...note single seats with central aisle in this version
C-87 passenger cabin under wing spar looking from hatch to higher section at rear, factory built seats removable for cargo, note cramped double and single rows separated by narrow aisle in this version (suspicion that it's actually an RY-3???) Detail photos all Consolidated : C-87 : Liberator Express by SDASM Archives, on Flickr
Very interesting photos - quite a few I've not seen before.
Have drawn quite a few of the B-24 transport variant...
Here is RAF operated LB.30 that was the victim of a friendly fire incident...the scheme is based on what was typical for the period. I've drawn a few RAF examples and randomly pulled a drawing out of the files - and of course, it was the only 'speculative' example.
In the middle is C-87, 41-24158 'Fire Ball Express'...the aircraft that was the centre of a LIFE magazine story in 1943. The journo flew with the crew on a 26,000 mile return supply trip to the base of the Himalayas.
At the bottom is the Liberator C.IX / RY-3 that was used on the San Diego/Sydney run during 1945/46.
(I didn't even know this variant existed until I was asked to draw it)
As regards the RY-3s, Jim Halley's RAF Squadrons book says that they equipped 231 Sqdn. at Dorval/Bermuda and 232 in India. Why then would 90041 be used on the SD/Sydney run in 1945/6? Why would the RAF need to fly to San Diego? Perhaps San Diego to India via Sydney was the delivery route, or perhaps it was on loan to Consairway.