By Robert F. Dorr
Ever found in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the crusade. From its ignominious beginnings within the Allied rout within the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the bomber weathered the japanese typhoon with a handful of bomb teams, which performed a vital function in checking the enemy's growth to begin with in New Guinea, after which actively engaging within the 'island hopping' crusade throughout the south-west Pacific.
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Optimized not for penetration, but to obtain the maximum destructive effect behind the armor. Thus the conical copper liner used to achieve maximum penetration with small warheads, was replaced by an aluminum liner and the charge was designed to produce the maximum spall effect and high overpressure behind the armor. Because of the large size of the missile, only a few rounds could be carried. With an estimated total vehicle weight of about 45 tons, it really was not a tank, but an armored antitank missile carrier.
However, analysis of the design indicated that it would not be possible to hold the vehicle weight to 25 tons with this level of protection, particularly on the gun armed tank. In January 1957, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Development received a request from the Joint Coordinating Committee on Ordnance to establish a panel to review the status of the tank development program. At this time, questions were being raised regarding the progress of the Army's main tank development program, that for the 90mm gun tank T95.
Since the seven inch diameter warhead easily overmatched any known tank armor, its performance was Below, Study K shows the British 105mm gun in an M48A2 turret on a T95 hull. Study J explored the possibility of mounting the British 105mm gun in the T95 turret. At that time, this weapon was frequently called the Ex-20 Pounder or X20 Pounder referring to the gun from which it was developed. The use of this cannon reduced the estimated total vehicle weight of the T95 to just a little over 41 tons and the mount could be both balanced and stabilized.
B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War by Robert F. Dorr