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Consolidated Liberator B-24 / F-7

(DND Photos via James Craik) (Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Consolidated Liberator G.R. Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130) ex-USAAF Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator USAAF (44-50154)
ex-RAF (Serial No. 5009), ex-Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE773).
Currently preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Ottawa Ontario.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber flown by the RCAF during the Second Word War. It was designed with a shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling compared with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Of the roughly 18,500 B-24s built in the USA during the war, 148 were flown by the RCAF on long range anti-submarine patrols, with the B-24 serving an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. The RCAF also flew a few B-24s post war as transports.

Roughly half of all (RAF) Liberator crews in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre were Canadian by the end of the war. John Muir of Vancouver flew the longest mission of the war: 24hrs, 10mins from Ceylon to Burma and back. (Kyle Hood) Harold Skaarup web page


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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (148), RCAF 400 Squadron (19), Canadian Aircraft Losses (145), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-09-18 19:06:22

Liberator 570

s/n
 570

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10586. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 13 September 1944 to 1946, coded "QE". Received spartan passanger interior in fall of 1944. Stored at Derbert, NS, from 1 April 1946. Reported with No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1946 or 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-30 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
1945-May-03 Accident: 168 Transport Squadron Loc: Northolt Airport Names: Wright
   1946-July-04 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
   1946-July-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 211

Liberator 571

s/n
 571

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10589. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. To 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, on 21 October 1944. Delivered mail to No. 162 (BR) Squadron in Iceland on 6 February 1945. Carried load of medical supplies for Poland from Ottawa to Prestwick on 5 January 1946. Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946, coded "QF". With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-30 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 211

Liberator 572

s/n
 572

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10587. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Delivered mail to No. 162 (BR) Squadron in Iceland on 6 February 1945. To 168 (T) Squadron, 22 February 1945, coded "QG". Port main undercarriage collapsed on landing at Rockcliffe in the early morning on 2 July 1945, at 07:20 GMT, returning from mail flight to Prestwick. No injuries. Investigation revealed starboard main gear down lock had not engaged, possibly due to pulses in the hydraulic pressure during landing gear extension. Stored from 1 August 1946. Reported with No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-30 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
1945-July-02 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Dunlop | Griffiths | Keltie | Mcintosh | Roberts | Snider | Teters
   1947-March-27 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 211

Liberator 573

s/n
 573

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10588. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. To No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, on 21 November 1944, coded "QH". Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 July 1946. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-30 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
   1947-March-27 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 574

s/n
 574
c/r
 CC‑CAN

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10583. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 30 August 1944 to 1946, coded "QJ". Received VIP interior, extra side door, galley, toilet, and highly polished exterior by March 1945. Flew Canadian Prime Minister to first UN meeting in San Fransisco, June 1945. To No. 12 (T) Squadron spring of 1946. Carried Governor General and family to Nassau in March 1946, and to Winnipeg in September 1946. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947/1948. Carried General H. D. G. Crerar on tour of the far east, summer of 1947. Visited Hawaii, Johnston Island, Kwajalein, Tokyo, and Nanking. Carried Governor General and senior RCAF staff to UK ans return in April 1948. One of the first RCAF aircraft to display the maple leaf roundel. Stored at Trenton in 1948. Sold to Air Chile, registered as CC-CAN. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-30 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2020-09-23
   1948-June-08 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
   1948-June-08 Struck off Strength 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 575

s/n
 575

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10592. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, from 27 July 1944, coded "QK". To No. 4 Repair Depot for transport conversion, 28 September 1944, then back to 168 Sdn on 15 February 1945. Flew this squadron's 500th trans-Atlantic crossing, early 1945. Flew this squadron's 636th and last trans-Atlantic mail run, returning to Rockcliffe on 3 March 1946. Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 576

s/n
 576

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10593. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Used by Test and Development Establishment, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, dates unknown. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario from 28 September 1944, coded "QL". Visited North Africa in November 1944. Briefly carried RAF style code "OLQL", possibly for operations into the UK. Carried load of medical supplies for Poland from Ottawa to Prestwick 28 to 31 December 1945. Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 577

s/n
 577

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10590. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 5 March 1945 to 1946, coded "QM". Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength Delivered direct to No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 578

s/n
 578

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10581. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. To No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 27 July 1944, coded "QN". To No. 4 Repair Depot, RCAF Station Scoudouc, NB, for conversion to transport, 29 August 1944. Back to 168 Sdn. 25 November 1944. Still flying trans Atlantic mail as late as 5 October 1945. Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 579

s/n
 579

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-65-CF s/n 44-10585. GR Mk. VIT designation was unofficial. To No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 27 July 1944, coded "QO". Unpopular with squadron, due to lower performance. To No. 4 Repair Depot for conversion to transport, 13 September 1944. Back to 168 Sdn. 22 December 1944. Stored at Debert, NS, from 6 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1947-July-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 586

s/n
 586

Known Squadron Assignments: ;10

Ex USAAF B-24D-65-CO s/n 42-40526, ex RAF BZ732. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. At RCAF Station Dorval, Quebec, for crew training on 14 April 1943. Still carrying RAF serial for this training. Coded "A" of No. 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron at Gander, Newfoundland, to this station via Dartmouth, NS on 22 April 1943. On 19 September 1943, flown by Flight Lieutenant R.F. Fisher and crew, sank U-341 at 58-40N 25-30W. Slight damage to wing tip from u-boat guns. The aircraft was returning to Gander from Goose Bay after escorting Prime Minister Winston Churchill in HMS Renown from the Quebec Conference. Aircraft was one of 3 detached to RCAF Station Goose Bay at this time. First confirmed sinking by an RCAF Liberator. On 26 October 1943, flown by Flight Lieutenant R.M. Aldwinkle and crew, attacked u-boat at 50-49N 41-0W after an hour-long engagement. The aircraft had been on convoy escort when the U-boat was sighted. Initially believed to have sank U-420, this attack is now believed to have damaged U-91. This was EAC's sixth, and last, kill. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1944-February-18 Accident Crash Crashed in Labrador, while returning from transport flight to Iceland, in support of 162 Squadron. 1 fatality, 5 survivors rescued 4 days later. 2019-08-20
1944-February-19 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Names: Campbell | Gilmour | Griffin | Harland | Imrie | Johns
   1944-September-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
1944-February-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David Francis Griffin 2023-05-01
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 587

s/n
 587

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-70-CO s/n 42-40453, ex RAF BZ729. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander or Torbay, Newfoundland, April 1943 to 1945. Coded "B". Attacked U-420 on 3 July 1943, damaging it and forcing it to return to Germany. First attack by Liberator of the RCAF. Sank U-341 at 58-40N 25-30W on 19 September 1943, using 6 depth chrages. Was escorting convoy ONS 18 at the time. To No. 4 Repair Depot 1 May 1945. To Western Air Command, for storage, 11 August 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-07 Sold as Surplus sold by War Assests 2019-08-20
   1946-November-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 588

s/n
 588

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40460, ex RAF BZ733. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander or Torbay, Newfoundland, April 1943 to 1945. Coded "C". To Western Air Command, for storage, 20 September 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-November-07 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets (date of sale also reported as 14 August 1946). 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 589

s/n
 589

Known Squadron Assignments: ;10

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40447, ex RAF BZ725. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Coded "D" of No. 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron at Gander, Newfoundland, from April 1943. Crashed into Gander Lake at 01:38 on 4 September 1943, 2 miles off end of runway, while taking off for a night training flight. An attempt was made to recover the wreckage, but it slid into deeper water and the effort was abandoned. Official report gave control jamming as possible cause of crash. All 4 occupants killed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-September-04 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Gander Lake Newfoundland Names: Bill | Mackenzie | Ward | Young
   1944-March-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing in Gander Lake, Labrador, shortly after take off on 4 September 1943. 4 fatalaties. 2019-08-20
1943-September-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Victor Edward Bill 2023-02-08
1943-September-04 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader John Grant Mackenzie 2023-04-30
1943-September-04 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Gordon Ward 2023-02-16
1943-September-04 KIA RCAF Wing Commander John Maitland Young 2023-02-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 590

s/n
 590

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40452, ex RAF BZ728. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, April 1943 to June 1944. Coded "G". last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-May-31 Struck off Strength Destroyed in hanger fire at Gander. 1944-06-04 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 591

s/n
 591

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40451, ex RAF BZ727. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from April 1943. Coded "K". To Western Air Command, for storage, 13 August 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-August-25 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 592

s/n
 592

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40471, ex RAF BZ737. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from April 1943. Coded "F". Category B damage on 27 July 1943. To Scotland January 1944 for first RCAF installation of Leigh Light. Fired on by RCN vessel during night patrol on 2 May 1944, not hit. Made squadron's 22nd and last attack on u-boat on 26 March 1945. This was a night attack on a submerged submarine, using sonobouys to locate target. Still in white and camouflage paint at this time. Assigned to Western Air Command for storage, 13 August 1945. Still with 10 Sdn. for disbandment parade on 15 August 1945 at Torbay, in well worn paint. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-July-23 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Imrie | Simpson
   1946-October-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 593

s/n
 593

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40470, ex RAF BZ736. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. When first delivered carried the last three of the RAF serial, "736", as only marked serial number. Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander or Torbay, Newfoundland, May 1943 to 1945. Coded "J". To Western Air Command for storage, 13 August 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-July-18 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Bombing Range Names: Hojes
1945-January-10 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Gander Newfoundland Names: Anderson | Anderson | Bishop | Cairns | Diachyshyn | Eaid | Nielson | Price
   1946-October-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 594

s/n
 594

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40450, ex RAF BZ739. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from May 1943. Coded "P". Tests with first RCAF homing torpedos over Gander Lake, spring of 1943. Attacked 2 u-boats on 23 September 1943, while carrying AVM A. E. Godfrey. The AVM manned a side gun, and thus became the most senior RCAF officer to ever directly engage the enemy. In bare metal finish, and with Leigh Light, by winter of 1944/45. Landed short at Gander when pilot misinterpreted landing lights while landing in blowing snow, struck off next day. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-February-14 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Gander Newfoundland Names: Aylsworth | Bent | Clary | Galbraith | Griggs | Mighton | Walker | Willimott
   1945-March-14 Struck off Strength Crashed at Gander while landing in blowing snow, struck off next day. 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 595

s/n
 595

Known Squadron Assignments: ;10

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40469, ex RAF BZ735. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from May 1943. Coded "X". Attacked and damaged 2 submarines on 22 September 1943, U-377 and U-402. The second boat was attacked with guns only, as all depth charges and both homing torpedos had been used to damage U-377 a few minutes earlier. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-February-19 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Dicksos | Guibord | Hollinger | Luscombe | Walter | Wilson
1945-July-06 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: 51:47n 47:40w Names: Armstrong | Bates | Gillis | Lundy | Mcarthur | Mcnab | Southam
   1945-July-23 Struck off Strength Lost at sea off coast of Newfoundland, while searching for downed pilot. One fatality. 1945-078-06 Struck off on 23 July 1945. 2020-09-23
1945-July-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Francis Duncan Gillis 2023-02-12
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 596

s/n
 596

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-404466, ex RAF BZ747. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from May 1943. Coded "Y". Attacked submarine on 23 September 1943. First squadron aircraft stripped to bare metal finish, May 1944. Attempted attack on submerged u-boat, 24 September 1944, after schnorkel was detected with radar. Bombs hung up. To No. 4 Repair Depot for repairs of Category C damage, 18 January 1945. Stored at Moncton from September 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-December-23 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Torbay Newfoundland Names: Archer | Carter | Cheater | Kostiuk | Mcdonald | Reeves | Walker
   1946-October-08 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 597

s/n
 597

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-40-CO s/n 42-40231, ex RAF BZ738. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from May 1943. Coded "L". Attacked and damaged U-270 on 22 September 1943. Damaged by flak during this engagement, returned to base on 3 engines. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-June-25 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Gander Aerodrome Names: Adamson | Billings | Daye | Escarvage | Gilmour | Henry | Maxwell
   1945-May-31 Struck off Strength Destroyed in hanger fire at Gander. 1944-06-04 Apparently not struck off books until 31 May 1945. 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 598

s/n
 598

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-70-CO s/n 42-40560, ex RAF BZ756. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Had retractable ASV radar under centre fuselage. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from May 1943. Coded "Q". Made squadron's last u-boat attack against a surfaced u-boat when U-845 was engaged on 14 February 1944. Submarine was damaged, forced to return to base. Named "Queenie" by the end of the war. To bare metal finish, winter of 1944/45. To Western Air Command, for storage, 20 September 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 599

s/n
 599

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-60-CO s/n 42-40461, ex RAF BZ734. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. When first delivered carried the last three of the RAF serial, "734", as only marked serial number. Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander or Torbay, Newfoundland, May 1943 to 1945. Coded "R". Flew this squadron's last war time mission, escort of Convoy ONS50, from Torbay, on 26 May 1945. To Western Air Command, for storage, 13 August 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-December-19 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bent | Collins | Crowe | Davis | Girard | Gottieb | Imrie | Larson | Martyn
   1946-August-14 War Assets (WA) sold by War Assets 2019-08-20
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 600

s/n
 600
c/n
 1634

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-70-CO s/n 42-40557, ex RAF BZ755. Also known as G.R. Mk. V/Can. Had retractable ASV radar under centre fuselage. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from June 1943. Coded "N". Strafed unknown u-boat on night of 22/23 September 1943. Named "Nannette" by the end of the war. To North West Air Command 10 January 1946. Used for some post war training exercises. Stored from 2 October 1946. Remains reportedly purchased by Yesterday's Air Force of Chino, California in 1971. Nose noted August 2003 at Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, VA last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-June-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-August-04 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Couse | Dahl | Dale | Jones
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-August-14 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 212

Liberator 3701

s/n
 3701

Known Squadron Assignments: ;10

3701 Tail RCAF photo via Mike Kaehler

Ex USAAF B-24D-25-CO serial number 41-24236. General note on the first RCAF B-24Ds (3701 to 3704): Received second hand from USAAF, in very poor condition and without all operational equipment. Mostly used only for training and transportation by RCAF. Initially operated in USAAF camouflage. The designation Mk. V was never officially used by RCAF. These aircraft were generally known as "Brazilian Liberators", in the belief that they had come from a USAAF unit based in Brazil (not confirmed by US records).

Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland. Went missing on flight from Gander to Mt. Joli, Quebec, on 19 / 20 October 1943. Aircraft was diverted to Dorval because of poor weather at Mt. Joli, wreckage not found until June 1946. 24 fatalities, including most of the crew of Liberator 595, on leave after sinking U-341 a few weeks earlier.

last update: 2024-May-12
   1943-September-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-October-20 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Names: Barabanoff | Beattie | Dynes | Elliott | Finn | Fisher | Hambly | Howlett | Jenkins | Johnson | Johnston | Lamont | MacDonald | Marr | Mcnaughton | Patterson | Poirier | Radcliffe | Read | Sanderson | Silverstein | Veilleux | Ware | Wood

Transport 1943-10-20 to 1943-10-20

10 (BR) Sqn (RCAF) RCAF Station Gander

10 North Atlantic (BR) Squadron, Gander, Newfoundland. Liberator V aircraft 3701 H flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Mont Joli, Quebec was redirected to Dorval, Quebec due to poor weather conditions at Mont Joli. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft before it crashed and burned on the west side of the 2,500 foot foothill of Black Mountain, Quebec. A search at the time of the crash failed to find the crash site. The wreckage of the aircraft and remains of the 24 casualties was not located until 1946-06-20. A Memorial Cairn was erected on the Black Mountain crash site in memory of those who lost their lives there

Flight Crew: Sergeant WG MacNaughton MiD (RCAF), F/L JA Poirier (RCAF), Flying Officer SA Sanderson AFM (RCAF), WO2 JA Barabonoff (RCAF), Warrant Officer Class 1 J Silverstein MiD (RCAF), Pilot Officer RW MacDonald MiD (RCAF)

Passengers: F/L RF Fisher MiD (RCAF), Warrant Officer Class 1 W Howlett (RCAF), Warrant Officer Class 1 FE Jenkins (RCAF), Cpl HD Beattie (RCAF), Cpl RD Marr (RCAF), Cpl HK Hambly (RCAF), Cpl AC Johnston (RCAF), Pilot Officer J Lamont MiD (RCAF), LAC CL Dynes (RCAF), LAC GR Patterson (RCAF), LAC AJ Radcliffe (RCAF), LAC EW Read (RCAF)(USA), Sergeant FH Elliott (RCAF)(USA), Sergeant EM Finn (RCAF), LAC JAJP Veilleux (RCAF), FS RF Ware (RCAF), Sergeant SA Wood (RCAF) and Flying Officer JS Johnston MiD (RCAF) were all killed in this flying accident

All were buried at the crash site where the cairn stands in their honour until 1985, when the crews remains were exhumed and moved to a cemetery St. Donat, Quebec due to vandalism at the crash site. Detail provided by C Lambert

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton page 263

General 19/20.1943. No.10 RCAF Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron B-24...

General Liberator RCAF 3701 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image]...


   1944-March-23 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing at St. Donat, near Mont Joli, PQ on night of 19 / 20 October 1943. 2019-08-20
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Alexander Barabonoff 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Corporal Harold David Beattie 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Charles Laurie Dynes 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Franklin Hicks Elliott 2022-10-17
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Eric Morgan Finn 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Frank Fisher MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Corporal Howard Kenneth Hambly 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Wilfred Howlett 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Franklin Elwood Jenkins 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Corporal Alec Clarence Johnston 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Jay Syver Johnston MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer James Lamont MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert William MacDonald MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant William Gordon MacNaughton MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Corporal Ronald Douglas Marr 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Guy Ridgewood Patterson 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Alfred Raymond Poirier 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Albert James Radcliffe 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Edwin William Read 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Stephen Andrew Sanderson AFM 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Jacob Silverstein MiD 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Joseph Achille Jean Paul Veilleux 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Raymond Frank Ware 2023-06-09
1943-October-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Stanley Albert Wood 2023-06-09
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3702

s/n
 3702
inst
 A 497

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-15-CO serial number 41-24001. See general note under 3701. Named "Lady Luck". Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander and Torbay, Newfoundland. Coded "T". In bare metal finish by February 1945, with yellow and red yingyang painted on nose wheel. To No. 1 Air Command on 27 June 1945, used for some post war training. Became instructional airframe A497 on 2 May 1946, used as training aid at No. 1 Initial Training School at Aylmer, Ontario. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-November-25 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-May-20 Classified Instructional A 497 2020-06-10
   1948 War Assets (WA) Sold by War Assets. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265 | 1968 488

Liberator 3703

s/n
 3703

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-25-CO serial number 41-24281. See general note under 3701. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 30 September 1943. Coded "S". Crashed shortly after taking off for transport flight to Dartmouth, NS. Stil in USAAF camouflage at time of crash. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-February-03 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Annis | Generans | Hassall | Malloy | Olsen | Wilkie
   1944-July-11 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing at Torbay, Newfoundland on 4 February 1944. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3704

s/n
 3704

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24D-25-CO serial number 41-24227. See general note under 3701. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland. Coded "Z". Converted to transport configuration, natural metal finish with dark blue cheat line, named "Basterpiece", at No. 4 Repair Depot, Scoudoc, NB from 6 October 1944. This was an unofficial conversion, and EAC officers were reprimanded by Ottawa for ordering this. Conversion was based on BOAC Liberators then in use between eastern Canada and the UK. Transferred to No. 11 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS on 1 December 1944. Category C damage with this unit on 17 December 1944. Nose gear collapsed while taxiing for first mission to Iceland, returned to No. 4 RD on 25 December with nose gear locked down. Returned on 28 December, and made first trip to Iceland starting on 4 February 1945. Carried 18 ground crew back to Canada for leave on 16 February 1945. Used Dartmouth - Goose Bay - Reyjavik, to support No. 162 Squadron while it was in Iceland. "Windy Lou" nose art added early 1945. Placed in storage on 13 August 1945 last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-December-17 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Nova Scotia Names: Brown | Dalglish | Giles | Greenlay | Johnson | Montgomery | Proskurniak | Wilson
   1946-November-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, and sold by War Assets same day. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3705

s/n
 3705
c/n
 350

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-1-CF serial number 42-64101. To No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland in December 1943. First Liberator with LORAN in RCAF. Also reported as under test with 10 Sdn. in November 1943. Hanger fire of 4 June 1944 was started when an extension light was dropped, broke, and ignited fuel vapour. Heavy snow the night before slowed aircraft from being removed form the burning hanger, and live ordnance on aircraft started to explode. Hanger was left to burn, and 4 Liberators were lost: 590, 597, 3705, and 3708. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-December-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-April-10 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Torbay Names: Bradley | Dyck | Gilfillan | Riddel | Sherman | Wilson | Wright
   1945-May-31 Struck off Strength Struck off, after being destroyed in a hanger fire at Gander, Newfoundland on 4 June 1944, see comments 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3706

s/n
 3706
c/n
 432

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-1-CF serial number 42-64183. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 9 February 1944. Coded "W". In bare metal finish by December 1944, with no serial marked, only code "W". Placed in storage 21 September 1945. Had 1,127:45 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-January-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, and sold by War Assets same day. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3707

s/n
 3707
c/n
 431

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-1-CF serial number 42-64182. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 17 June 1944. Coded "W" and later "M". Named "Mabel", received extensive nose art by end of 1944. Placed in storage on 20 September 1945. Had 804:40 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-January-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-June-28 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Deane | Galbraith | Hill | Mcnair | Richardson
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, and sold by War Assets same day. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3708

s/n
 3708
c/n
 703

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-15-CF serial number 42-99795. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from April 1944. Coded "O". last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-May-31 Struck off Strength Struck off, after being destroyed in hanger fire at Gander, Newfoundland on 4 June 1944. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3709

s/n
 3709
c/n
 29‑105 / 845

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-30-CF s/n 44-10254, ex RAF EW251. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 9 June 1944. Transferred to No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from September 1944, complete with crew, to become an instructional aircraft. Coded "E", probably while with both units. Performed No. 11 Sdn's first attack on a u-boat on 25 December 1944, while escorting liner Nieuw Amsterdam, near Halifax. Two depth charge runs and one homing torpedo attack made on periscope sighting, no observed results. Attacked schnorkel sighting while on Halifax harbour entrance patrol on 18 February 1945. Stalked u-boat with sonobouys, but was unable to release depth charges or toredo. Placed in storage with Western Air Command on 12 October 1945. Had 817:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3710

s/n
 3710
c/n
 29‑106 / 846

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-30-CF s/n 44-10255, ex RAF EW252. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from June 1944. Crash occurred when tire burst on landing, forcing aircraft to swerve into snow bank. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-April-17 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Gander Airport Newfoundland Names: Bowser | McConnell | Shane
   1945-June-01 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing at Gander on 17 April 1945. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3711

s/n
 3711
c/n
 29‑191 / 1031

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-50-CF serial number 44-10440, ex RAF KG935. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 25 July 1944. Coded "B". Damaged on 20 January 1945 when warload detached and fell through bomb bay doors, returned to Dartmouth without further damage. Transferred to RCAF Station Patricia Bay with this unit after VE day, still in camouflage. To Western Air Command, for storage, on 3 October 1945. Had 804:05 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-28 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3712

s/n
 3712
c/n
 29‑101 / 1028

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-50-CF serial number 44-10437, ex RAF KG932. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS from 25 July 1944. Coded "P". To Western Air Command, for storage, on 3 October 1945. Had 693:50 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-January-29 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Ramp Runway 20 Names: Early | Hanson | Mont
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to WarAssets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3713

s/n
 3713
c/n
 37‑1 / 1225

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10634. Delivered to No. 21 Repair Depot for installation of Leigh Light on 12 September 1944. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland, from 27 September 1944. Coded "E". Had 683:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to WarAssets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3714

s/n
 3714
c/n
 37‑3 / 1227

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10636. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "A". Delivered direct from Fort Worth to Dartmouth by an American crew. Used for initial training at Dartmouth, and flew this unit's first operation, a harbour approach patrol, on 13 August 1944. To RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC in May / June 1945, in very worn camouflage. Code letter unreadable at this time. Transferred to Western Air Command at end of war. Took part in Operation Muskox, winter of 1945 / 1946. Had 1,069:05 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength (or 11 October?)Struck off, to War Assets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3715

s/n
 3715
c/n
 37‑4 / 1228

Known Squadron Assignments: ;11

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10637. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "F". Lost at sea on 19/20 February 1945. Disapppeared without a trace while on anti-submarine sweep. Some wreckage may have washed up on Sable Island. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-February-19 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Not Known Names: Apps | Grant | Hogan | Ireland | Mclellan | Murphy | Teasdale
   1945-March-20 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Frank Rowe Apps 2023-02-08
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Walter Robert Grant 2023-02-12
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Deryck Hogan 2023-02-12
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Earl Clifford Ireland 2023-02-12
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Angus Maclellan 2023-02-12
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Daniel Joseph Murphy 2023-02-13
1945-February-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Harry Leo Teasdale 2023-02-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3716

s/n
 3716
c/n
 37‑5 / 1229

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10638. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "D". Visited Yarmouth, NS on 8 September 1944. Category C damage on 18 June 1945. At No. 22 Sub Repair Depot at Sea Island, BC in October 1945. To Western Air Command, for storage, on 2 November 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-March-09 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Nova Scotia Names: Bradley | Kimball | Robinson
1945-June-18 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Stuart
   1947-April-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3717

s/n
 3717
c/n
 37‑2 / 1226

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10635. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "C" when first received, later coded "I". Damaged when starboard main gear failed shortly after touchdown at Yarmouth on 20 October 1944, repaired. To RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC in May / June 1945. Delivered to Abbotsford, BC on 2 September 1945, last flight by No. 11 Sdn. To Western Air Command, for storage, on 4 September 1945. Had 537:10 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-March-02 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Nova Scotia Names: Creasor | Mclean | Richardson | Shaw
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 265

Liberator 3718

s/n
 3718
c/n
 37‑6 / 1230

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10639. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "J". Damaged beyond repair on 3 October 1944, when undercarriage was retracted early on take off from Dartmouth. No injuries. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-October-03 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Rcaf Stnorth Dartmouth Names: Cook | D'orsay | Elder | Morrison | Newton | Smith | Stephenson
   1945-June-01 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crash, see comments. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3719

s/n
 3719
c/n
 37‑7 1231

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10640. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from August 1944. Coded "N". Transferred to west coast with this squadron in May 1945. Nose section severely damaged by ground fire at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 18 June 1945, not repaired. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-June-18 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Braid | Dent | Edwards | Hackshaw | Williamson
   1945-July-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, see comments. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3720

s/n
 3720
c/n
 37‑8 /1232

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10641. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 21 August 1944. Coded "Q". To Western Air Command, for storage, on 4 September 1945. Had 163:15 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3721

s/n
 3721
c/n
 37‑9 / 1233

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10642. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 21 August 1944. Coded "S". Damaged beyond repair when port main gear failed shortly after touch down at Yarmouth, NS on 17 October 1944. Later stripped for spares for EAC Met Flight. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-October-17 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Yarmouth Nova Scotia Names: Braid | Davies | Dewis | Dougall | Erenhous | Laramee | Wilkinson
   1945-January-09 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crash, see comments. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3722

s/n
 3722
c/n
 37‑10 / 1234

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-70-CF serial number 44-10643. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 22 August 1944. Coded "C". Category B damage on 21 October 1944. Transferred to No. 4 Repair Depot same day, still there when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-October-20 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Nova Scotia Names: Bradbury | Hagen | James | Seymour
   1946-September-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3723

s/n
 3723
c/n
 37‑11 / 1416

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44121. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 3 October 1944. Coded "R". Assigned to Western Air Command, for storage, on 4 September 1945. Had 987:05 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3724

s/n
 3724
c/n
 37‑12 / 1417

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44122. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 3 October 1944. Coded "T". Later coded "A". Had shark's teeth painted on nose, and later received full face above the teeth. With Eastern Air Command Met Flight from August 1945. To No. 21 Service Repair Depot for storage on 11 July 1945, still coded "T", still carrying nose art. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-03 Taken on Strength 2020-10-03
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3725

s/n
 3725
c/n
 37‑13 / 1418

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44123. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 4 January 1945. Practice radar attacks on HMS Unseen off Halifax on 5 March 1945. Coded "H". Transferred to RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC with this unit in May 1945, still in camouflage. Left Dartmouth on 26 May, via Ottawa and Calgary, first squadron aircraft to arrive at Patricia Bay, on 30 May. Carried out first operational patrol from Patricia Bay on 19 June 1945. To Western Air Command for storage on 12 October 1945. Had 305:15 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3726

s/n
 3726
c/n
 37‑14 / 1419

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44124. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 24 November 1944. Coded "G". Back to stored reserve on 14 December 1944, returned to No. 10 Sdn. on 3 April 1945. To Western Air Command, for storage, on 20 September 1945. Had 295:30 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-June-28 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Deane | Galbraith | Hill | Mcnair | Richardson
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3727

s/n
 3727
c/n
 37‑17 / 1420

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44125. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 6 November 1944. Coded "T". Visited Summerside, PEI on 19 February 1945. To Western Air Command for storage on 4 September 1945. Had 750:30 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3728

s/n
 3728
c/n
 37‑15 / 1421

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44126. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 19 October 1944. Coded "J". Encounter engine icing while on convoy escort near Sable Island on 12 February 1945. Unable to maintain altitude, emergency landing was made on the beach at Sable Island, in heavy snow fall. Came to rest in fresh water lagoon on island, no injuries. Aircraft crew had to rescue one island inhabitant who attempted to reach aircraft. Some equipment salvaged, but aircraft left on island for several years. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-February-12 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Sable Island Names: Early | Fodchuk | Head | Hoag | Regan | Thatcher | Woodman
   1945-March-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, after forced landing on Sable Island, see comments. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3729

s/n
 3729
c/n
 37‑16 / 1415

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44120. Delivered direct to No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS. Damaged on 14 November 1944 when practice bomb detonated in bomb bay, but returned to base and was repaired. Category C damage at Rockcliffe, Ontario on 25 May 1945. Transferred to No. 1 Air Command for storage on 6 August 1945, following this accident. Reported with No. 12 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, in 1946 and 1947, but was probably in storage at Rockcliffe, unrepaired. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-November-14 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Names: Armstrong | Bott | Clearwater | Couse | Jessop | McCann | Moss | Wortman
1945-May-25 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Rockliffe Names: Bent | Chambers | Langdon | Lloyd | Mitchell | Newfeld | Ouellette | Surrez | Turner
   1947-March-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3730

s/n
 3730
c/n
 37‑20 / 1424

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44129. Delivered direct to No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS. Coded "S". To RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC in May / June 1945. Flew this unit's last mission, a meterological flight from RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, on 12 September 1945. To Western Air Command, for storage, on 3 October 1945. Had 277:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3731

s/n
 3731
c/n
 37‑18 / 1423

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44128. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 15 February 1945. Coded "F". Had 277:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3732

s/n
 3732
c/n
 37‑19 / 1422

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-85-CF serial number 44-44127. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 17 April 1945. Coded "P". Detached to Yarmouth, NS, 17 to 31 July 1945. One of three No. 10 Sdn. Liberators operating there as meteorological flight. Later permanently transferred to the Eastern Air Command Met Flight at this base. Stored at Mont Joli, Quebec from 12 October 1945. Had 274:55 airframe time when struck off. Sold to Babb Corporation, no record of further sale, may have been sold for scrap. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-October-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3733

s/n
 3733
c/n
 37‑49 / 1650

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44355. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 24 February 1945. Coded "L". To Western Air Command for storage on 3 October 1945. Had 221:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-02 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3734

s/n
 3734
c/n
 37‑52 / 1648

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44353. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 17 April 1945. Coded "H". With the Eastern Air Command Met Flight at Yarmouth, NS from 2 August 1945. Stored at Mont Joli, Quebec from 4 September 1945. Had 313:05 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-02 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3735

s/n
 3735
c/n
 37‑23 / 1647

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44352. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 17 April 1945. Coded "L". Detached to Yarmouth, NS, 17 to 31 July 1945. One of three No. 10 Sdn. Liberators operating there as meteorological flight. Later permanently transferred to the Eastern Air Command Met Flight at this base. Visited Floyd Bennett Field, NY in September 1945, with special weather gear installed below starboard side of cockpit. Flew this unit's last mission on 16 September 1945, returned early due to oil leak. Stored at Mont Joli, Quebec from 12 October 1945. Had 255:20 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-02 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3736

s/n
 3736
c/n
 37‑54 / 1652

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44357. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 9 April 1945. Coded "D". Still in white and camouflage paint when war ended. To Western Air Command for storage on 20 September 1945. Had 353:25 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-02 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3737

s/n
 3737
c/n
 37‑47 / 1645

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44350. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS from 21 April 1945. Coded "Z". To Western Air Command for storage on 3 October 1945. Had 130:20 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3738

s/n
 3738
c/n
 37 50 / 1649

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44354. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Stations Gander and/or Torbay, Newfoundland from 27 June 1945. Coded "T". Assigned to Western Air Command on 13 August 1945. Back to Eastern Air Command, for storage at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 14 January 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3739

s/n
 3739
c/n
 37 51 / 1651

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44356. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Torbay, Newfoundland from 11 July 1945. Coded "S". Assigned to Western Air Command on 13 August 1945. Back to Eastern Air Command, for storage at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 14 January 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3740

s/n
 3740
c/n
 37 55 / 1653

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44358. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command, no record of operational use. Assigned to Western Air Command on 11 August 1945. Back to Eastern Air Command, for storage at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 14 January 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3741

s/n
 3741
c/n
 37 56 / 1654

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44359. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command, no record of operational use. Assigned to Western Air Command on 13 August 1945. Had 110:50 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 3742

s/n
 3742
c/n
 37‑48 / 1646

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-100-CF serial number 44-44351. Delivered to stored reserve with Eastern Air Command. Operated by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland from 20 February 1945. Coded "A". Last aircraft delivered to this unit. Received shark mouth nose art shortly after arriving. Detached to Yarmouth, NS, 17 to 31 July 1945. One of three No. 10 Sdn. Liberators operating there as meteorological flight. Later permanently transferred to the Eastern Air Command Met Flight at this base. Stored at Mont Joli, Quebec from 12 October 1945. Had 374:30 airframe time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets for disposal. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 266

Liberator 11101

s/n
 11101
c/n
 1131

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-60-CF, their serial 44-10540. On the books of No. 168 (HT) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario shortly after being taken on strength, but probably still at Winnipeg at the time. To No. 1 Air Command with this unit on 15 January 1945. Converted to passenger transport at No. 8 Repair Depot, first flight in this configuration on 26 September 1945. Noted on 10 October 1945 as converted to transport, designation reported as both GR.VIT and C.VI. Delivered to Rockcliffe on 13 October 1945. Reported to have never flown an operational transport mission, being flown for testing and troubleshooting only. Struck a snow bank on takeoff from Rockcliffe on 9 February 1946, badly damaged. Pending disposal from 4 March 1946. Stored at Rockcliffe by 6 June 1946. To No. 9 (T) Group on 11 June 1946, still pending disposal. Reported with No. 12 (T) Squadron at Rockcliffe 1946. Had 113:50 total time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-06 Taken on Strength No. 8 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
   1946-July-23 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 382

Liberator 11102

s/n
 11102
c/n
 5446

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24M-5-FO, their serial 44-50591. Struck off by US on 25 January 1945. To No. 8 Repair Depot on 12 November 1945 for conversion to transport. To No. 6 Repair Depot on 5 February 1946, for Project 0015. To workshop reserve at No. 6 Repair Depot on 21 April 1947, pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-06 Taken on Strength No. 8 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
   1947-November-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 382

Liberator 11103

s/n
 11103
c/n
 5477

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24M-5-FO, their serial 44-50622. Struck off by US on 28 January 1945. To No. 8 Repair Depot on 12 November 1945 for conversion to C. Mk. VI transport. To No. 6 Repair Depot on 13 February 1946, for Project 0015. To workshop reserve at No. 6 Repair Depot on 24 April 1947, pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-06 Taken on Strength No. 8 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
   1947-November-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11104

s/n
 11104
c/n
 5456

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24M-5-FO, their serial 44-50601. Struck off by US on 27 January 1945. To No. 8 Repair Depot on 12 November 1945 for conversion to C. Mk. VI transport. To No. 6 Repair Depot on 4 February 1946, for Project 0015. To workshop reserve at No. 6 Repair Depot on 24 April 1947, pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-06 Taken on Strength No. 8 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
   1947-November-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11105

s/n
 11105
c/n
 5494

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24M-5-FO, their serial 44-50639. Struck off by US on 30 January 1945. To No. 8 Repair Depot on 12 November 1945 for conversion to C. Mk. VI transport. To No. 6 Repair Depot on 18 February 1946, for Project 0015. Pending disposal from March 1947. To workshop reserve at No. 6 Repair Depot on 24 April 1947, still pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-10 Taken on Strength No. 8 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
   1947-November-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11120

s/n
 11120
c/n
 3967

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49112. To RAF in March 1945, their serial KL506. Delivered to stored reserve, issued from storage on 17 April 1945. Used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS. Coded "V". Served with this unit in natural metal finish. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To Western /Air Command with this unit on 26 June 1945, to RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. To storage on 3 October 1945, when it was noted with 102:50 logged time. By 6 March 1946 stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance unit at Abbotsford, BC. Had 102:50 logged time when struck off. Reported for sale, dismantled, on a farm near Chase, BC in 1971. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11121

s/n
 11121
c/n
 3986

Known Squadron Assignments: 11

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49131. To RAF in March 1945, their serial KL519. Like most Ford built Liberators, unpopular with crews because of many small failures. First used by No. 11 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS from 4 April 1945. First Mk. VIII with this unit. Coded "X". Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To Western Air Command with this unit on 26 June 1945, to RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Crashed on 13 June 1945. Flew into mountain at 2800 foot level in the Somerset Range, 7 miles east-south-east Bamfield, BC while on cross country training flight, after picking up 7 sight-seers at Tofino. No survivors, the 14 killed included Corporal Nora Johnson and her younger brother Corporal Norman M. Johnson. Wreckage not found until 17 July 1945. All bodies buried at crash site. Ownership to No. 3 Repair Depot on 23 July 1945, for write off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-July-13 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Not Known Names: Bennett | Crosson | Davies | Hope | Hrysko | Johnston | Johnston | Kiteley | Lowe | Mann | Martello | Popovich | Presse | Tull
   1945-August-20 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAFWD Sergeant Pamela Gladys Bennett 2023-02-08
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Victor Gilbert Crosson 2024-05-20
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Edward Davies 2023-02-11
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald William Hope 2023-02-12
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Corporal William Hrysko 2023-02-12
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAFWD Corporal Nora Johnson 2023-02-12
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Corporal Norman Marshall Johnson 2023-02-08
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Raymond Valentine Kiteley 2023-02-12
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Alexander Lowe 2023-02-12
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAFWD Leading Aircraftwoman Margaret Mann 2022-09-14
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Joseph Martello 2023-02-13
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Nicholas Maxwell Popovich 2023-02-15
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Bertrand Raymond Presse 2023-02-15
1945-July-13 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Lloyd Henry Tull 2023-02-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11122

s/n
 11122
c/n
 3982

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49127. To RAF in March 1945, their serial KL518. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 50:35 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11123

s/n
 11123
c/n
 4016

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49161. To RAF in March 1945, their serial KL529. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 42:30 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11124

s/n
 11124

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49157. To RAF, their serial KL535. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 36:35 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11125

s/n
 11125
c/n
 4053

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-1-FO, their serial 44-49198. To RAF, their serial KL555. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 31:00 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-March-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-August-14 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11126

s/n
 11126
c/n
 5069

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50214. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. To North West Air Command on 24 October 1945, for use at the Winter Experimental Establishment at Edmonton, Alberta. Operated from Edmonton through winter of 1945/1946. Pending disposal from 2 August 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-05 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1948-February-12 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11127

s/n
 11127
c/n
 4917

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50062. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-09 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11128

s/n
 11128
c/n
 5073

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50218. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-09 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-12 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11129

s/n
 11129
c/n
 5037

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50182. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-09 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11130

s/n
 11130
c/n
 5041

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FL, their serial 44-50186. Delivered to stored reserve. Redesignated GR Mk. VIII on 24 May 1945. To No. 2 Air Command on 11 June 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-05 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11131

s/n
 11131
c/n
 4867

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50012. Delivered to stored reserve. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-July-19 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11132

s/n
 11132
c/n
 4905

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50050. Delivered to stored reserve. To No. 2 Air Command on 19 July 1945, still in storage, ferried to Lethbridge, Alberta shortly after. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-July-19 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11133

s/n
 11133
c/n
 4877

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50022. Delivered to stored reserve. Pending disposal from 1 April 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-September-18 Taken on Strength No. 2 Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11134

s/n
 11134
c/n
 4861

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial 44-50006. Delivered to stored reserve. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 24:20 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-September-18 Taken on Strength No. 2 Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 11135

s/n
 11135
c/n
 4895

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24L-20-FO, their serial probably 44-50040. (NOTE: Record Card lists serial as 44-55040, actually a Frankfort OQ-3-FR, but company number matches 44-50040.) Delivered to stored reserve. Pending disposal from 2 February 1946, stored by No. 1 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Lethbridge, Alberta, where it was noted with 22:55 total time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-September-18 Taken on Strength No. 2 Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-May-12 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 383

Liberator 4444160

s/n
 4444160
c/n
 1455

Known Squadron Assignments:

44160 (98th BG) lost Aug 22, 1944, Germany. MACR 10643. I also have this plane as going to RAF as Liberator B.VI KH289 and being SOC May 20, 1946. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444161

s/n
 4444161
c/n
 1456

Known Squadron Assignments:

44161 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH290. SOC Nov 11, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444162

s/n
 4444162
c/n
 1457

Known Squadron Assignments:

44162 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH291. SOC Jun 2, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444163

s/n
 4444163
c/n
 1458

Known Squadron Assignments:

44163 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH292. SOC Jun 4, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444164

s/n
 4444164
c/n
 1459

Known Squadron Assignments:

44164 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH293. SOC Jun 2, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444165

s/n
 4444165
c/n
 1460

Known Squadron Assignments:

44165 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH294. SOC Jun 4, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444166

s/n
 4444166
c/n
 1461

Known Squadron Assignments:

44166 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH295. SOC Apr 11, 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444167

s/n
 4444167
c/n
 1462

Known Squadron Assignments:

44167 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH296. Sank back onto runway during takeoff and crashed into sea China Bay, Ceylon Jul 8, 1945. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444168

s/n
 4444168
c/n
 1463

Known Squadron Assignments:

44168 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KK297. SOC Apr 11, 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444169

s/n
 4444169
c/n
 1464

Known Squadron Assignments:

44169 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH298. SOC Nov 11, 1947. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444170

s/n
 4444170
c/n
 1465

Known Squadron Assignments:

44170 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH299. SOC Apr 11, 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444171

s/n
 4444171
c/n
 1466

Known Squadron Assignments:

44171 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH300. SOC Apr 11, 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444172

s/n
 4444172
c/n
 1467

Known Squadron Assignments:

44172 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH301. SOC Apr 11, 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444173

s/n
 4444173
c/n
 1468

Known Squadron Assignments:

44173 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH302. Damaged beyond reapir when undercarriage collapsed while taxiing at Ballykelly, Northern Ireland Apr 25, 1944. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444174

s/n
 4444174
c/n
 1469

Known Squadron Assignments:

44174 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH303. SOC Apr 11, 1946. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444175

s/n
 4444175
c/n
 1470

Known Squadron Assignments:

44175 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH304. SOC Apr 11, 1946. To Indian AF as HE877. Became N7866 for return to USA. Now with Pima County Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444176

s/n
 4444176
c/n
 1471

Known Squadron Assignments:

44176 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH305. Relegated to instructional airframe 6025M July 1946 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444177

s/n
 4444177
c/n
 1472

Known Squadron Assignments:

44177 to RAF as Liberator GR.VIII KH306. SOC Jun 4, 1947 last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator 4444178

s/n
 4444178
c/n
 1473

Known Squadron Assignments:

44178 to RAF as Liberator GR.VI KH307. Undercarriage collapsed when overshot landing and ran into ditch, Akyab, Burma Jun 22, 1945. last update: 2024-February-19

Liberator AL504

s/n
 AL504
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;45

VIP conversion, with single fin, upgraded engines for use by Winston Churchill. last update: 2024-February-19

Transport 1945-03-26 to 1945-03-27

45 (T) Group (RAF) RAF Northolt

45 Group, RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec Liberator II (Modified) AL504 named "Commando" lost on a flight from Northolt, England to Canada via the Azores, bringing high ranking officers and dignitaries to the Final Wings Parade, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The aircraft left RAF Northolt at 23:00 hours 1945-03-26 for a refueling stopover at Lajes Airfield in the Azores. Last contact with AL 504 was by RAF Prestwick at 7:16 hours on 1945-03-27 and nothing further was heard. Subsequent searches revealed an oil slick, some inflatable dinghies and a small amount of wreckage but no survivors, some 150-200 miles NW of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the loss could not be determined

Pilot Officer DJ Spence (RCAF), Flight Lieutenant D Buchanan (RCAF), Wing Commander WH Biddell DFC OBE (RAF), Flight Lieutenant AN Brodie (RAF), Flight Lieutenant KG Shea (RAAF), Civilian Radio Officer FW Williams (UK), Civilian Steward VI Bannister (UK), Commander RA Brabner DSO DSC, MP (British Under-Secretary of State for Air), Air Marshal Sir Peter RM Drummond KCB DSO CBE MC MiD (RAF) (Air Member for Training), Squadron Leader EG Plum (RAFVR)(USA)(Liason, British Air Ministry), Civilian Sir John B Abraham KBE CB (British Air Ministry), Civilian HA Jones CMG CG MC (British Air Ministry), Civilian E Robinson (Private Secretary to Commander Brabner and Civilian E Twentyman (British Ministry of Food) were all missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known grave and all are commemorated at various Memorial sites in Canada, the UK and USA

This aircraft had been modified, lengthened, the engines were upgraded and the tail changed to a single large tail fin. It was later famously used as personal transport for British PM Winston Churchill and had often used as a VIP transport for people such a Lord Louis Mountbatten

The Man Who Flew Churchill by Bruce West

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 327-8

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas page 97

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General Aviation Safety Network

General Commando (aircraft) - Wikipedia

General AMERICAN AIRCRAFT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SERVICE 1939-1945:...


1945-March-27 KIFA BAM Civilian Sir John Bradley Abraham KBE CB 2023-07-26
1945-March-27 KIFA RAF Civilian Victor Ian Claude James Bannister 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA RAF Wing Commander William Hugh Biddell OBE, DFC 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA RNVR Commander Rupert Arnold Brabner DSO DSC 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Aubrey Norman Brodie 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant David Buchanan 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA RAF Air Marshall Sir Peter Roy Maxwell Drummond KCB DSO & Bar OBE MC MID 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA BAM Civilian Henry Albert Jones CMG CG w/Palm MC 2023-07-26
1945-March-27 KIFA RAFVR Squadron Leader (A) Elisha Gaddis Plum 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA BAM Civilian Eric Robinson 2023-07-26
1945-March-27 KIFA RAAF Flight Lieutenant Kenneth George Shea 2023-01-14
1945-March-27 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Douglas James Spence 2022-12-20
1945-March-27 KIFA BMF Civilian Edward Twentyman 2023-07-26
1945-March-27 KIFA RAF Civilian Frederick Walter Williams 2022-12-20

Liberator AL506

s/n
 AL506
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Charles Melville Howes 2021-08-10

Liberator AL509

s/n
 AL509
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Herbert Stevenson Clarke 2024-02-27
1943-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Eldon Burke Elliott 2023-07-28
1943-November-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Ralph Edward Hawken 2023-07-28
1943-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edwin Archibald Toole 2023-07-28

Liberator AL516

s/n
 AL516
m/d
 Model 32
c/r
 G‑AHZP

Known Squadron Assignments: ;511

Construction No. 14
Took on charge Dorval 26-9-1941
Dorval to Gander 15-10-1941
Gander to Ayr 17-10-1941
To Scottish Aviation 17-10-1941
To 150 Squadron 28-11-1941
To 1653 CU 30-5-1942
To 1445 Flt 10-6-1942
To Scottish Aviation 1-8-1942 for Bomber Command mods, changed to Transport mods
To 1425 Flt 30-9-1942
To 511 Squadron 10-10-1942
Overshot landing at Gibraltar 31-10-1942

To BOAC as freighter, registered as G-AHZP last update: 2024-February-19

Transport 1942-10-31 to 1942-10-31

511 (T) Sqn (RAF) Malta

#511 Squadron RAF (Surely and Quickly) Alexandria, Egypt. Liberator II AL516 was transporting a mix of passengers and crew of RCAF, RAF and RAAF very experienced, wounded and end-of-tour fighter pilots as well as some civilians, including military wives and two children, from Malta to Gibraltar. Arriving at Gibraltar in a thunderstorm, the Liberator overshot it's landing and crashed into the sea, killing fourteen aboard and various injuries to most survivors. The flight had intended to travel from Malta to Gibraltar before continuing to England. Some aboard were missing, not recovered but are commemorated on the Gibraltar Memorial (Shores, Cull & Malizia; Dennis Burke www.rafcommands.com)

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton, page 100

General Aviation Safety Network

General Aircraft accidents in Yorkshire

General [Royal Air Force Serials and Image Database]...

Killed:

  1. Warrant Officer 2 Rupert Henry Davey (RCAF)
  2. Flying Officer Edwin Herbert Glazebrook DFC (RCAF)
  3. Pilot Officer John William Williams DFC (RCAF)
  4. Flight Sergeant Charles Edward Mutch (RCAF)
  5. Flight Lieutenant Erik Lawson Hetherington DFC (RAF)
  6. Sergeant David William James Spencer (RAF)

  7. Mr Edward James Rowe BEM age 40
  8. Mrs Hannah Eunice Rowe age 44
  9. Mrs Elizabeth Pricilla Sheldon (widow of Herbert Sheldon)
  10. Mrs Mabel Hucklebridge age 30
  11. Mrs Isabella Josephine Aston and her baby son Simon Aston, age 2 (Isabella was Maltese wife of FAA Pilot)
  12. Mrs Edna Patricia Chase age 27 and her baby son Thomas Chase

Survived:

  1. Flight Lieutenant Rae Walton (RAF - crew, injured)
  2. Pilot Officer GWR. Frampton (RAF - crew, injured)
  3. Pilot Officer EJ Sanders (RAF - crew)
  4. Sergeant EJ Booker (RAF-crew)
  5. Flight Sergeant I Watson (RAF - crew)
  6. Flight Sergeant J McCulloch (RAF - crew)
  7. Mrs DW Spencer, injured
  8. Mrs J Neighbours, injured
  9. Flight Sergeant LG Pow (RCAF)
  10. Flight Lieutenant AF Roscoe DFC (RCAF) (USA),
  11. Pilot Officer GF 'Buzz' Beurling DSO DFC DFM and Bar RAF (Canada)
  12. Warrant Officer 2 GHT 'Gord' Farquharson (RCAF)
  13. Wing Commander AH Donaldson DSO DFC AFC (RAF)
  14. Flying Officer FR Johnson (RAAF)
  15. Flying Officer AS Yates (RAAF)
  16. Flying Officer CAM Barbour (RAF)
  17. Flying Officer JGW Farmer (RAF)
  18. Flying Officer JAH Pinney (RAF)
  19. Pilot Officer FD Thomas (RAF)
  20. Pilot Officer LS Reid (RAAF)
  21. Pilot Officer CF Bush (RAF)
  22. Flight Sergeant DA Bye (RAF)
  23. Flight Sergeant AW Varey (RAF)
  24. Flight Sergeant EL Mahar (RAAF)
  25. Sergeant KR Mitchell (RAAF)
  26. Sergeant FW Clewley (RAAF)


1942-October-31 Survived RAF Flight Lieutenant George Frederick "Screwball Beurling DSO, DFC, DFM&Bar 2023-05-24
1942-October-31 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Rupert Henry Davey 2023-07-15
1942-October-31 Survived RCAF Flight Lieutenant Gordon Henry Taylor Farquharson DFC 2022-10-31
1942-October-31 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Edwin Herbert Glazebrook DFC 2022-10-29
1942-October-31 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant "Hether" Hetherington DFC 2022-10-31
1942-October-31 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant "Rip" Mutch 2022-07-06
1942-October-31 Survived RCAF Flying Officer Leslie Gordon Drummond Pow 2022-10-30
1942-October-31 Survived RCAF Squadron Leader Arthur Ford Roscoe DFC 2022-10-29
1942-October-31 KIFA RAF Sergeant David William James Spencer 2022-10-29
1942-October-31 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer "Willie the Kid" Williams DFC 2022-10-31

Liberator AL520

s/n
 AL520
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;159

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Alexander Ian McFarlane 2023-08-05

Liberator AL526

s/n
 AL526
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;159

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-07 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Maxwell Struthers 2021-07-21

Liberator AL534

s/n
 AL534
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;159

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Sherman Peterson 2023-07-19

Liberator AL560

s/n
 AL560
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;159

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Stanley Linwood Pettingale 2023-07-18
1943-August-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edwin Earle Smith 2023-07-18

Liberator AL565

s/n
 AL565
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;178

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Thomas Edward Lavallee 2021-08-13
1943-April-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ralph Edwin Powis 2021-08-12

Liberator AL577

s/n
 AL577
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;108

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Carlton Stokes Goodenough 2023-07-19
1942-March-16 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Frederick King 2023-07-19

Liberator AL587

s/n
 AL587
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;511

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-23 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Albert Henry Bowler 2023-08-26
1943-March-23 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Lloyd George Burry 2023-09-16
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Carlo Ernesto Ferro 2021-02-11
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Terence James Marriott 2021-02-11
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Stanley Renouf 2021-02-11
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Owen Albert Smith 2021-02-11

Liberator AL588

s/n
 AL588
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1653

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-05 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Bryn Williams 2021-05-31

Liberator AL591

s/n
 AL591
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;45

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II last update: 2024-February-19

Transport 1943-02-08 to 1943-02-09

45 (T) Group (RAF) Prestwick, Scotland

45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Liberator II aircraft AL591 was engaged in a Return Ferry Service flight, bringing a mix of civilian and military pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight engineers from Prestwick, Scotland to Gander, Newfoundland. The weather conditions were poor at Gander with low visibility due to a severe snow storm, but short on fuel, diverting to another airport was not possible. Sadly, AL591 crashed on approach ten miles north-east of Gander, killing most of those aboard. The weather conditions further hampered search efforts, which could not begin for two after the crash. Amazingly, there were three survivors but one died later in hospital, which meant that nineteen of the twenty-one aboard the aircraft were lost

Flight Sergeant WH Kyle (RCAF), Flying Officer RI Scott (RCAF), American civilian Pilot/Captain FA Dugan, Sergeant JA Elding (RAFVR), British civilian GP Eves, British civilian TR Barnes, Sergeant HL Lewis (RAFVR), American civilian RM Lloyd, Sergeant DJ Owen (RAF), American civilian J Stagner, British Civilian FJ Brown, Canadian civilian F Scrafton, British civilian R Wadsworth, Canadian civilian EG Longley, British civilian JB Merriman, Canadian civilian IW Wilson and a passenger, British Army officer Lieutenant-Colonel LT Grove were killed in this flying accident

Sergeant GP Pollard (RAF), a pilot, had initially survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital 1943-02-11

Captain KE Parker Jr (USA) and Flying Officer CM Ableson (RAF) survived the crash with injuries

Note: no other information has been found to date about these two survivors

The crash of Liberator AL591 1943-02-09 was the largest loss of life at Gander during the entire war

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie pages 317, 391

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas page 111

North Atlantic Cat by Don McVicar, Chapter 15 pages 106-113

General {Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General Gander Airport Historical Society

General Microsoft Word - rep crashr...docx

General Aviation Safety Network


1943-February-09 Survived RAF Flying Officer Cyril Montague Abelson 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Frederick Joseph Brown 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Fortune Anthony Dugan 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant James Robert Elding 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFBOAC Civilian Graves Patrick Maxwell Eves 2023-01-09
1943-February-09 KIFA Army Lieutenant-Colonel Lancelot Townley Grove 2023-01-16
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFBOAC Civilian Thomas Redford Harms 2023-01-09
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFBOAC Civilian John David Jones 2023-01-09
1943-February-09 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wilton Henry Kyle 2023-01-28
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Howel Leonard Benjamin Lewis 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Robert Marvin Lloyd 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Ernest Graham Longley 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAFBOAC Civilian John B Merriman 2023-01-09
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer David Jervis Owen 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 Survived RAF Civilian King E Parker 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Sergeant Graham Pritchard Pollard 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Irving Scott 2023-04-30
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Frederick Scrafton 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Jack "Buster" Stagner 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Reginald W Wadsworth 2022-12-22
1943-February-09 KIFA RAF Civilian Wilmot Ivan Wilson 2022-12-22

Liberator AM929

s/n
 AM929

Known Squadron Assignments: ;111

Ex US B-24A-C0 40-2368 last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-April-09 Accident Crash Engine caught fire and crashed on approach to Dorval and crashed, Simone, Quebec. 2019-08-20
1945-April-09 RAF Flying Officer Joseph Hall 2023-06-14

Liberator BZ724

s/n
 BZ724

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

 Liberator BZ 724 Had been operating in the North Atlantic on an ant-submarine mission on the night of 17th/18th August 1944, when due to bad weather, and nearing the end of its lengthy patrol, it was diverted to RAF Tain. It would appear that after making a descent through cloud and very short on fuel, the Liberator struck the hill above Helmsdale and disintegrated.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Hun Le Grow DSO 2022-01-22
1944-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Seigler 2021-08-01

Liberator BZ740

s/n
 BZ740

Known Squadron Assignments: ;53

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-25 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Neil Clifton Taylor 2022-01-03

Liberator BZ746

s/n
 BZ746

Known Squadron Assignments: 111 OTU

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-February-23 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Edward Hayes 2023-07-15

Liberator BZ753

s/n
 BZ753

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Daniel William McInnis 2021-09-17
1943-October-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Fraser Frederick Mercer 2021-09-28
1943-October-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Burton Stewart 2021-10-02

Liberator BZ759

s/n
 BZ759

Known Squadron Assignments: ;111

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-24 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Francis Smith 2023-02-16

Liberator BZ776

s/n
 BZ776

Known Squadron Assignments: 224

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-20 KIA RAF Sergeant John Charles McCartney DFM 2021-08-17
1944-March-20 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Martin Harvey Penhale 2021-08-16
1944-March-20 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Harvey Thornton 2021-07-17

Liberator BZ778

s/n
 BZ778

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Gordon Biggs 2023-08-20

Liberator BZ800

s/n
 BZ800

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert John Lawrie 2021-08-13
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Lionel Stubbs 2021-10-02

Liberator BZ811

s/n
 BZ811

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Robert Henry Franks 2023-04-04

Liberator BZ813

s/n
 BZ813

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19

Operational 1945-07-04 to 1945-07-04

111 (OT) OTU (RAF) Nassau, Bahamas

111Operational Training Unit, Nassau, Bahamas. Liberator GR.V aircraft BZ 813 took off with a crew of ten on a Leigh Light Homing exercise and crashed just over an hour into the flight, cause unknown. A search turned up wreckage and debris from the crash but no aircrew survivors were found

Flight Sergeant RA Davies (RAFVR), Warrant Officer SJ Ford (RAFVR), Flight Sergeant LG Green (RAFVR), Flight Lieutenant E Lindsey (RAFVR), Flying Officer IH Mitch (RAFVR), Sergeant HC Richardson (RAFVR), Flying Officer JPG Robinson (RAFVR), Sergeant JE Rowson (RAFVR), Flight Lieutenant AR Thompson (RNZAF) and Sergeant J Walker (RAFVR) were all missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known grave and all are commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas page 129

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

General No.111 OTU, Nassau, Bahamas I Scottish Saltire Branch I Aircrew...

General 111%20OTU., Postal History Corner


1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Richard Allen Davies 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Warrant Officer Sidney James Ford 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Leslie George Green 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Eric E Lindsey 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Ivor Henry Mitch 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Henry Challoner Richardson 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer John Peter Guyer Robinson 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant John Ernest Rowson 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Alfred Ronald Thompson 2022-12-18
1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant John J Walker 2022-12-18

Liberator BZ816

s/n
 BZ816

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Norman Ray Bowman 2023-08-26

Liberator BZ817

s/n
 BZ817

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Arnold James Pudifin 2021-08-11
1943-November-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Daniel Boyd Sinclair 2021-10-02
1943-November-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Gerald Young 2022-01-11

Liberator BZ819

s/n
 BZ819

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-November-21 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Francis Halliday MiD 2021-11-10

Liberator BZ832

s/n
 BZ832

Known Squadron Assignments: 200

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Nicholas Goodwin 2021-09-27

Liberator BZ841

s/n
 BZ841

Known Squadron Assignments: 159

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-09 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Paul Belkin 2023-07-21

Liberator BZ853

s/n
 BZ853

Known Squadron Assignments: 355

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Andrew Gilroy 2023-08-01

Liberator BZ864

s/n
 BZ864

Known Squadron Assignments: ;160

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-19 KIA RAF Squadron Leader John Fred Percival MiD 2023-08-01

Liberator BZ868

s/n
 BZ868

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-May-01 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Douglas Gordon Mackenzie Joy 2023-08-01
1945-May-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Duncan Alexander Robertson DFC 2021-10-01

Liberator BZ878

s/n
 BZ878

Known Squadron Assignments: ;11;53

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Lawrence Englert 2021-09-20
1944-February-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Francis Reid 2021-10-01
1944-February-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David Allan Rowat 2021-10-01
1944-February-05 KIA RCAF Sergeant John MacLeod Thomlison 2021-10-02

Liberator BZ882

s/n
 BZ882

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-26 KIA RAF Sergeant Wallace Wilbur Chancey 2024-01-29
1944-April-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Norman Owen Smith 2021-07-26

Liberator BZ885

s/n
 BZ885

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Ewen Cameron Currie 2024-06-03
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Archie Earl Ferguson 2023-08-01
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Wilford Clay Love 2023-08-01
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Roy William MacDonald 2023-08-01
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Frederick Perera 2023-08-01
1943-December-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Michael Frederick Stockwell 2023-08-01

Liberator BZ887

s/n
 BZ887

Known Squadron Assignments: 354


last update: 2024-February-19

Operational 1943-09-30 to 1943-09-30

354 (AS) Sqn (RAF) RAF Cuttack

354 Squadron, RAF Cuttack, India. Pilot Flying Officer KR Henry (RCAF)(USA) was attempting to manually free the stuck nose wheel of his Liberator aircraft BZ 887 D, in flight during an air test, when the wheel moved up, trapping and severely injuring him. The second pilot landed the aircraft and Flying Officer Henry was taken to hospital where sadly, he died from his injuries

General Pilot Officer Kenneth Roland Henry - WARTIMES.ca


Convoy Patrol 1943-10-07 to 1943-10-07

354 (AS) Sqn (RAF) RAF Cuttack

354 Squadron RAF Cuttack, India. Liberator GRV aircraft BZ 887 D had just taken off for a shipping escort operation and was flying at about 800 feet when it suddenly dove into the ground five miles from the aerodrome at Cuttack, India, killing the entire crew. The cause of the crash was undetermined

FS HB Sigel (RCAF), Flying Officer FV Breen (RCAF), Flying Officer EH Bullis (RCAF), Pilot Officer SJ Dubowski (RCAF), FS HE Miles (RCAF), Flying Officer WJ Fisher (RCAF), Flying Officer WK Redman (RCAF), Flying Officer CL Moody (RAFVR) and Flying Officer FJ Trower (RAFVR) were all killed in action

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton page 133

General 1943 354 Squadron Liberator V BZ887 D F/O. Moody

General Liberator BZ887 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]...


1943-September-30 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Roland Henry 2022-11-08
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frank Vincent Breen 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edmund Holmes Bullis 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Stanley J Dubowski 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William John Fisher 2022-11-08
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Herbert Ernest Miles 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Charles Lionel Moody 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Keith Redman 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Benjamin Sigel 2022-10-17
1943-October-07 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Frederick James Trower 2022-10-17

Liberator BZ910

s/n
 BZ910

Known Squadron Assignments: 120

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Edward Towsley 2024-05-22

Liberator BZ923

s/n
 BZ923

Known Squadron Assignments: 357

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Duffield Spencer 2023-07-18
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Duncan Van Patter 2023-07-18

Liberator BZ932

s/n
 BZ932
as/n
 42-64009

Known Squadron Assignments: 178

B.III; ex 42-64009; dld Dorval 1.11.43; Gander - Prestwick 9.11.43; SAL 9.11.43; onward delivery unknown, arr ME 29.11.43; 178 Sqn [Y]; crashed at Lunguletu, 23 mls (38 km) NW of city during raid on Bucharest 8.5.44; five crew killed, two PoW; SOC 31.5.44. last update: 2024-March-26
1944-May-08 Interned RCAF Flying Officer Robert Roy Grier 2023-11-09

Liberator BZ942

s/n
 BZ942

Known Squadron Assignments: 224

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ethan Allen DFC 2023-07-26
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Morris Edgar Hayward 2021-08-09

Liberator BZ945

s/n
 BZ945

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Elmer James Hagen 2022-09-27
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wilfred Archibald Hallett 2022-10-01
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Roy McDennon 2021-09-09
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Claude Ralston Newell 2021-09-29

Liberator BZ950

s/n
 BZ950

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Wilfred Leslie Knight 2023-08-01
1945-June-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Matthew Muirhead Smith 2023-08-01
1945-June-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Andrew Robin Thomson 2023-08-01

Liberator BZ951

s/n
 BZ951

Known Squadron Assignments: 1673 HCU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ernest William O'Donnell 2021-08-17

Liberator BZ956

s/n
 BZ956

Known Squadron Assignments: 357

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Ernest Joseph Leonard Bolingbroke 2023-08-05

Liberator BZ961

s/n
 BZ961

Known Squadron Assignments: 206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John William Bayard 2021-09-03

Liberator BZ962

s/n
 BZ962

Known Squadron Assignments: 159

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Ludlow Davis 2023-08-01

Liberator BZ978

s/n
 BZ978

Known Squadron Assignments: 159

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-October-28 PoW Died RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Frederick Richardson 2022-06-11

Liberator EV813

s/n
 EV813

Known Squadron Assignments: 1673 HCU

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John Gregory King 2023-07-18
1944-August-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Noel Harvey Moysey 2023-07-18

Liberator EV820

s/n
 EV820

Known Squadron Assignments: 178

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Wishak 2021-07-07

Liberator EV837

s/n
 EV837

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John Edward Ford 2023-10-01

Liberator EV848

s/n
 EV848

Known Squadron Assignments: 354

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Banks 2023-08-01
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Henry Pedlar 2021-08-16
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Wilbert Andrew Porterfield 2021-08-12
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Smith 2021-05-20
1944-May-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Donald Wentworth Vaughan 2021-07-13

Liberator EV863

s/n
 EV863

Known Squadron Assignments: 354

354 Squadron. Liberator aircraft #EV 863 failed to return-from an anti-shipping strike at Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal. Flight Lieutenant LE. Taylor, FSs J.R. Baril, R.J. Leonard, and L.E. Whalen were also killed. Three of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed. addendum 2: See page 285. The remainder of the crew were not missing. Three Canadians and two RAF airmen were rescued after spending 60 hours in dinghies. Detail provided by E. Grose.

Operations Record Book April 22 1945 Operations Record Book

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-April-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Roger Baril 2023-08-01
1945-April-22 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Douglas Fraser Grose 2023-08-01
1945-April-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Roderick John Leonard 2022-05-08
1945-April-22 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Elwin Taylor 2022-05-08
1945-April-22 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Lorne Elwood Whalen 2022-05-08

Liberator EV873

s/n
 EV873

Known Squadron Assignments: 206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Archie Tulloch 2021-07-14

Liberator EV881

s/n
 EV881

Known Squadron Assignments: 547;547(RAF)

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Duncan Boyd 2021-07-27
1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Billy William Soroski 2021-07-23

Liberator EV885

s/n
 EV885

Known Squadron Assignments: 206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Andrew McNeill Cleland 2024-02-29
1944-September-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lloyd George McKinnon 2022-01-20
1944-September-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Albert Nadeau 2021-05-20

Liberator EV887

s/n
 EV887

Known Squadron Assignments: ;206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-02 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Frederick Russell Hall 2022-09-30
1944-December-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Stewart Tulloch 2021-07-14

Liberator EV887

s/n
 EV887

Known Squadron Assignments: ;206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-02 KIA RAF Squadron Leader Robert Howard Harper DFC 2022-10-14

Liberator EV895

s/n
 EV895

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-18 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class John Gardiner Chamberlin 2024-01-28
1944-November-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Charles McIver 2021-09-27
1944-November-18 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Hubert Andrew Stephen 2021-10-02

Liberator EV897

s/n
 EV897

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Wiiliam Hermiston 2024-06-06
1944-June-18 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Arthur Christian Lornson 2024-06-06

Liberator EV902

s/n
 EV902

Known Squadron Assignments: 355

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Bernard Fitzgerald 2023-07-21
1944-September-16 PoW RAF Flight Lieutenant R N Stephens 2023-10-02

Liberator EV942

s/n
 EV942

Known Squadron Assignments: ;354

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-30 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Peter Joseph Maika 2021-08-14
1944-December-30 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Alexander Manyluk 2021-08-14

Liberator EV945

s/n
 EV945

Known Squadron Assignments: 354

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-May-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert John Krampp 2021-08-12
1945-May-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Arden Milne 2021-08-16
1945-August-09 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Frank Albert Casson 2024-01-19

Liberator EV947

s/n
 EV947

Known Squadron Assignments: 206

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Albert Antoine Desilets 2024-01-11
1944-July-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Grant Echlin 2021-08-06
1944-July-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Forsyth 2022-01-30
1944-July-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Bemister Mollard 2023-08-30
1944-July-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Elliott Taylor 2021-07-20

Liberator EV954

s/n
 EV954

Known Squadron Assignments: 1674 HCU

While circling the base on a radar homing exercise, on automatic pilot, the aircraft flew out of the circuit and hit high ground at Tildarg, north west of Ballyclare at 0430 hrs, killing 7 and injuring 3 of the crew, the wrecked aircraft came to rest against the gable wall of a farmhouse belonging to Mr Forde, the aircraft was taken to Shorts CRO on 6 March where it was confirmed Cat E

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-February-16 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Lloyd Whitney 2023-07-19

Liberator EV961

s/n
 EV961

Known Squadron Assignments: ;178

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-August-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Dougald Macrae 2023-07-24

Liberator EW101

s/n
 EW101

Known Squadron Assignments: 1675 CU

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-January-08 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Thomas Hadley Roderick Macaulay 2022-05-24

Liberator EW118

s/n
 EW118

Known Squadron Assignments: 159

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-March-22 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Nelson Richard Orton 2023-07-18

Liberator EW124

s/n
 EW124

Known Squadron Assignments: 358

Took off 0333 hrs and crashed for unknown reasons (weather-influenced, perhaps, as the Bay of Bengal monsoon weather was known to have been poor that night) on the outbound leg of a Special Duties supply drop to Northeast Siam. EW124 impacted in a dense jungle-covered valley below the 3761-foot hilltop named Taung Ni, the highest relief feature in the area. The crash site is located 11 miles inland, and due east of the coastal village of Kyeintali, Burma. The crew of eight (six RCAF, two RAF) presumably died in the crash. The wreck was reached by an army search team on 15 Nov 1945 after a challenging two-day trek. The aircraft was clearly identified by its painted serial number and its individual "H" letter code, clearly seen on the exterior rear fuselage. Four unidentified bodies were buried on site by the search team, and a highly detailed report was written, but inexplicably the remains were never moved to a Burma war cemetery at a later date. Pilot: J/20943 F/Lt Arthur Erick Franklin Anderson RCAF. RAF Commands

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Arthur Erick Frankiln Anderson 2023-08-01
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Walter George Bond 2023-08-01
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ernest Franklin Elford 2023-08-01
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred Maxwell 2021-09-23
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Mcarthur Silverthorn 2021-07-30
1945-June-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wilson Alexander Vaudner 2021-07-13

Liberator EW127

s/n
 EW127
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

Ex USAAF B-24J-15-CF, serial number 42-99793. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "V". Crashed on Salt Spring Island on 4 October 1944, due to in flight fire. 11 killed. Cause of fire never determined. To No. 3 Repair Depot in November 1944 for write off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-20 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-October-04 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Abbotsford British Columbia Names: Barker | Birrell | Davidson | Jenkins | Jordan | Langley | Laws | Metcalfe | Mitchell | Rockliffe | Willets
   1944-December-04 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Bernard George Barker 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Andrew James Birrell 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Charles Peter Davidson 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant William Norman Jenkins 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Leslie Thomas Jordan 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAF Sergeant Leslie Mathias Langley 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Frederick Laws 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Peter Dennison Metcalfe 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Ewart Cecil Mitchell 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Arthur Rockliffe 2022-06-05
1944-October-04 KIFA RAF Sergeant Lewis Phillip Willetts 2022-06-05
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 534

Liberator EW128

s/n
 EW128
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-15-CF, serial number 42-99794. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. At Abbotsford in March 1945, natural metal finish, coded "A". Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 696:35 logged time. By 27 November 1945 on the books of Maintenance Command, stored at Abbotsford. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-12 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW129

s/n
 EW129
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99827. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Category B damage at 21:40 on 3 May 1945, reported by No. 5 OTU Detachment at No. 3 Repair Depot. Revised to Category A damage by 17 May 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945. By 27 November 1945 on the books of Maintenance Command, stored at Abbotsford. Noted with 732:55 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-12 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-May-03 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Andrews | Baker | Bryant | Hamilton | Haswell | Howard | Hyland | Jowett | Pilter | Westlake | Yearwood
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW130

s/n
 EW130
inst
 A 427
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99809. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Category A damage at Abbotsford on 4 September 1944 in a crash landing. Become synthetic trainer A427 on 19 September 1944, used by No. 5 OTU. Scrapped in 1946. Had been RCAF EW130 last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-08 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-September-04 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Forbes | Morrison | Noyes | Ogle | Robinson | Satterhwaite | Smith | Wood
   1944-September-19 Classified Instructional CA A 427 2020-06-12
   1946-February-16 Struck off Strength Struck off, scrapped at Abbotsford 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 535

Liberator EW131

s/n
 EW131
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99812. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. To No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC on 19 June 1945 for inspection. Still there on 30 November 1945. Pending disposal from 2 January 1946, on the books of No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford. Noted with 805:23 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-March-12 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2020-10-07
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW132

s/n
 EW132
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99815. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC, coded "F". Pending disposal with Western Air command from 16 October 1945. Noted stored at Abbotsford on 27 November 1945. On the books of No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by February 1946. Noted with 917:05 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-08 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-July-22 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Runway 30-12 Names: Hendrickson | Kearney | Lowery | Shipworth | Storrow
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW133

s/n
 EW133
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99817. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. To No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot for repairs following a Category C crash on 29 December 1944. To storage with Western Air Command on 11 August 1945. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Pending disposal from December 1945, stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford. Noted with 364:00 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-20 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-April-15 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW134

s/n
 EW134
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99820. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "G". Category A crash on Thorn Hill, near Whonnock, BC (12 miles north-west of Abbotsford, on the Fraser River) on 4 February 1945. 7 fatalities. To No. 3 Repair Depot on 8 February 1945 for write off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-13 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-February-04 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Whennock British Columbia Names: Beveson | Carscadden | Maynard | Niemi | Schneeberger | Therien | Weiss
   1945-March-14 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Squadron Leader Cyril Hudson Carscadden DSO 2024-01-09
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Walter George Deveson 2022-06-02
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Roy Edward Maynard 2022-06-05
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Harold John Niemi 2023-06-14
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Schneeberger 2023-06-22
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Jean Leon Therien 2023-06-14
1945-February-04 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Herbert Stanley Weiss 2023-06-19
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW135

s/n
 EW135
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99821. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. To Canadian Pacific Airlines for repairs on 25 September 1944. To storage with Western Air Command on 8 January 1945. Back to No. 5 OTU on 2 February 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 746:25 total time. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-08 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-September-24 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Barker | Campbell | Christie | Greenwood | Mitchel | Warren | Watt | Williams
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW136

s/n
 EW136
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99822. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 808:35 total time. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-13 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW137

s/n
 EW137
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99823. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "K". In natural metal finsih by end of war. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 940:40 total time. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-08 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-August-10 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Runway 24 Names: Atkinson | Burton | Butler | Folinsbee | Gaskill | Leach | Pettit | Pritchard | Richardson | Smith | Spillane
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW140

s/n
 EW140

Known Squadron Assignments: 178

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Guy Georges Lamarre 2023-07-28

Liberator EW148

s/n
 EW148

Known Squadron Assignments: 45 Grp

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-25 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer James Smith Wilson 2021-07-07

Liberator EW155

s/n
 EW155

Known Squadron Assignments: 356

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-October-28 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Allan Arthur Pierce 2023-07-18

Liberator EW180

s/n
 EW180

Known Squadron Assignments: 355

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-March-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ross Malcolm Botting 2023-08-01

Liberator EW188

s/n
 EW188

Known Squadron Assignments: 358

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-February-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Louis Philippe Cloutier 2024-03-06

Liberator EW208

s/n
 EW208
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99894. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. To workshop reserve at RCAF Station Boundary Bay for repairs, on 23 September 1944. Pending disposal from 11 October 1945. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-26 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-April-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW209

s/n
 EW209
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99895. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "M". Converted to synthetic trainer on 10 July 1944, following a crash. To No. 3 Repair Depot on 23 August 1954, to be struck off. Scrapped in November 1945. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-26 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1945-October-31 Struck off Strength Struck off at No. 3 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW210

s/n
 EW210
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99896. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "T" while with this Unit. At Abbotsford on 4 September 1944, coded "C", when it struck an obstacle while landing. Port main gear collapsed. Reported missing on night of 9 January 1945. Located, crashed, at Point Roberts (just south of Boundary Bay) on 10 January 1945. Had suffered an explosion in the bomb bay during night bombing practice. Four crew parachuted successfully, three killed. Believed to have been practice bomb striking structure, or a leak in fuel fired heater. Use of these heaters restricted in all 5 OTU Liberators following this, a very unpopular move in the middle of winter. Ownership to No. 3 Repair Depot on 12 January 1945 for write off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-12 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-January-10 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Boundary Bay British Columbia British Columbia Names: Barr | Bowhay | Calleway | Halcrew | Rees | Somerville | Steele
   1945-February-14 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1945-January-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Henry Charles Barr 2023-06-22
1945-January-10 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Samuel Leslie Bowhay 2023-07-01
1945-January-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Thomas Michael Calloway 2023-12-04
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW211

s/n
 EW211
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99897. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. At Abbotsford in March 1945, natural metal finish, coded "N". Operated without serial marked at this time, only code letter. By May 1945 coded "VC". Pending disposal from 16 October 1945. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Noted with 799:10 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-26 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW212

s/n
 EW212
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99898. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "S". To No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC on 19 June 1945 for inspection. To workshop reserve at No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot on19 June 1945. Still there on 30 November 1945. Pending disposal from 2 January 1946, on the books of No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit. Later on the books of No. 10 Repair Depot, stored at Abbotsford. Noted with 806:25 logged time while in storage. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-09 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2020-10-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW213

s/n
 EW213
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99899. Crashed at Cut Bank, Montana on 25 April 1944, on delivery flight to Canada. Taken on the books and written off on same day, with no record of any salvage. Record Card notes "for records only". last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-June-29 Taken on Strength Western Air Command. RCAF A/C by Designer records plane had Cat A crash 25 Apr/44 enroute delivery to Canada. Griffin1968 shows TOS & SOS same date 29 June/45. No indication of alternate date 29 Jan/45 for TOS & SOS in CASPR. 2020-10-07
   1945-June-29 Struck off Strength RCAF A/C by Designer records plane had Cat A crash 25 Apr/44 enroute delivery to Canada. Griffin1968 shows TOS & SOS same date 29 June/45. No indication of alternate date 29 Jan/45 for TOS & SOS in CASPR. 2020-10-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW214

s/n
 EW214
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99900. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "O" shortly after arrival. Category C damage while with No. 5 OTU, on 24 September 1944. To Canadian Pacific Airlines Ltd. for repairs on 25 September 1944. Back to No. 5 OTU on 6 January 1945. Coded "WJ" in spring of 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945. Noted on 27 November 1945 as stored at the Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite at Abbotsford. On the books of No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-26 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-September-23 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Abbotsford British Columbia Names: Averill | Crowther | Grave | Levitt | Macpherson | Nicol | Prior | Swincoe
1945-July-07 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Cavanaugh | Glaze | Lowry | Preston | Wiseman
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW216

s/n
 EW216
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99902. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "P". Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 892:25 total time. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-26 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW217

s/n
 EW217
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99903. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. To workshop reserve at Boundary Bay on 3 September 1944, for repairs. Pending disposal from 11 October 1945. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-29 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-April-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW218

s/n
 EW218
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-25-CF, serial number 42-99904. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "U". Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it was noted with 935:45 logged time. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-12 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW270

s/n
 EW270
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-30-CF, serial number 44-10273. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "X". Category C damage at Abbotsford at 21:39 on 3 April 1945. To No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC on 6 April 1945, for repairs. In natural metal finish by end of war. By 2 January 1946 pending disposal, in storage at the Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite Abbotsford, noted at that time with 582:10 logged time. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-08 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-April-14 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Tarmac Names: Fowler | Hames | Lycett | Seibert | Thompson
   1946-October-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2020-10-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW274

s/n
 EW274

Known Squadron Assignments: 358

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-July-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Pyle Thomas 2023-07-15

Liberator EW281

s/n
 EW281
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF B-24J-30-CF, serial number 44-10284. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. At Abbotsford in March 1945, natural metal finish, coded "AJ". By May 1945 coded "WO". To No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC for "shake down inspection", engine change, and repairs on 10 May 1945. Back to Western Air Command on 20 August 1945, for use as a synthetic trainer at No. 6 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Comox, BC. Pending disposal from 3 October 1945. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 1 February 1946. Scrapped in 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-28 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
   1947-April-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW282

s/n
 EW282
m/d
 Model 32

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

Ex USAAF B-24J-30-CF, serial number 44-10285. Served with No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Stolen at 04:00 on 6 December 1944 by Sgt. D.P. Scratch (see Bolingbroke 9064). He became bogged down east of Runway 20, damaging or destroying all engines in attempt to get free. He abandoned this aircraft, and then stole Mitchell HD343 . To workshop reserve at Boundary Bay on 8 December 1944. To Canadian Pratt & Whitney for repairs on 1 January 1945, probably a mobile repair party at Boundary Bay. On the books of No. 22 Sub-Repair Depot from 31 January 1945. Repairs not completed until 11 August 1945, to storage then with Western Air Command. Noted with 356:35 logged time on that date. On the books of Maintenance Command by 27 November 1945, stored at Reserve Equipment Maintenance Satellite Abbotsford. Stored at No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit at Abbotsford by 6 March 1946, pending disposal from that date. Scrapped in 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-03 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-October-09 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Cotter | Curtis | Green | Milton
1944-December-06 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Boundary Bay British Columbia British Columbia Names: Scratch
   1947-April-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
1944-October-09 KIFLA RAFVR Sergeant Paul Stuart Cotter 2024-04-30
1944-October-09 KIFLA RAFVR Sergeant Harry Arthur Curtis 2023-04-26
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 535

Liberator EW299

s/n
 EW299

Known Squadron Assignments: 547

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-October-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Morse Cooper 2024-04-10
1944-October-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas Keith Montgomery 2021-08-16
1944-October-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Robert William Richard Shaw 2021-08-01

Liberator EW303

s/n
 EW303

Known Squadron Assignments: 53

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-April-16 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Theodore Blanchard Atkinson 2023-07-28
1945-April-16 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gilbert Llewellyn George 2021-08-07
1945-April-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David James Mclagan Robertson 2021-10-01

Liberator EW319

s/n
 EW319

Known Squadron Assignments: 354

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alexander Peter Campbell 2023-12-10
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Irving Lindzon 2021-08-13
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jack Samuel McIver 2021-08-17
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Gordon McRae 2022-01-20
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Parker 2022-01-19
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Andrew Boyd Payne 2021-08-18
1945-March-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edward Walter Pollard 2021-08-13

Liberator EW626

s/n
 EW626

Known Squadron Assignments: 246;45

last update: 2024-February-19

Transport 1945-03-13 to 1945-03-13

246 (T) Sqn (RAF) RAF Station Lagens, Azores

246 Squadron RAF Transport Command, RAF Holmsley South. Liberator CV II aircraft EW626 was carrying military passengers en-route to Prestwick, Scotland when it crashed on take-off at Aqualla, four miles west of RAF Station Lagens, the Azores. The pilot was instructed to make a right turn after take-off but instead turned left and flew into a hillside, killing all aboard

The following personnel were killed: Flight Lieutenant LF Jarvis (RCAF), Leading Aircraftman W Bridgen (RAFAAF), Leading Aircraftman CS Hubbard (RAFVR) Leading Aircraftman D Lindsay (RAF), Warrant Officer D Brochard (RAFVR)(Czech), Squadron Leader AJ Davey DSO (RAFVR), Corporal F Jeckells (RAFVR), Corporal W McKenzie (RAFVR), Flying Officer V Jilek (RAFVR)(Czech), Flying Officer CG Montgomery (RAFVR), Flying Officer AP Walker (RAFVR), Flight Sergeant L Kondziolka (RAFVR)(Czech), Sergeant GA Cain (RAF), Sergeant JH Lawrence (RAFVR), Flight Lieutenant AK Murdoch DFC (RAFVR), Flight Lieutenant JE Yarnell (RAFVR) and Flight Lieutenant AJ Volek (RAFVR)(Czech)

There was one more unidentified passenger killed of whom no information has yet been found. This tragic crash resulted in a loss of 19 casualties

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 327

The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas page 176

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1945-March-13 KIFA RAFAAF Leading Aircraftman William Bridgen 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Warrant Officer Class I Dalibor Eugen Brochard 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAF Sergeant George Alexander Cain 2023-12-02
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Squadron Leader Arthur John Davey DSO 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Leading Aircraftman Charles Stuart Hubbard 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Corporal Frederick Jeckells 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Colonel Vaclav Jilek WC (Czech) 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Leading Aircraftman Edgar Jones 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Ludvik Kondziolka 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant John Henry Lawrence 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAF Leading Aircraftman David Lindsay 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Corporal William McKenzie 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Cyril George Montgomery 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Alistair Kay Murdoch DFC 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Lieutenant-Colonel Alois Jaroslav Volek 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Anthony Peter Ramsden Walker 2022-12-27
1945-March-13 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant John Edward Yarnell 2022-12-27
1945-March-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Leonard Fitzgerald Jarvis 2022-12-27

Liberator FK226

s/n
 FK226

Known Squadron Assignments: 246;86

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John William James 2021-08-11

Liberator FK230

s/n
 FK230

Known Squadron Assignments: 224

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Eric Armstrong 2021-08-21

Liberator FK239

s/n
 FK239

Known Squadron Assignments: ;160

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Armand Boyd Kidd 2023-08-01
1943-August-24 KIA RAFVR Sergeant George McDonald 2023-10-01
1943-August-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Benjamin Winter 2022-01-02

Liberator FL923

s/n
 FL923

Known Squadron Assignments: 120

last update: 2024-May-12

Convoy Patrol 1943-10-04 to 1943-10-04

(CS) Sqn (RAF) Reykjavik

The following account of the action is compiled from German records.

Liberator FK 923, which was mistakenly identified as a Lancaster, was sighted at 1123 hrs when 7-8000 metres away, approaching at an altitude of 800 metres. All the boats flak guns which consisted of two twin and one quadruple 200-mm, were immediately manned and fire was opened. despite heavy flak the aircraft circled, drawing slowly closer to the U-boat, Until at 1138 hrs it ran into the attack replying to the -boats fire with cannon when at a range of 1000 metres. Although hit several times, the aircraft pressed home the attack, dropping six depth charges that fell ahead of the poet bow at a distance of between 10 and 159 metres from the U-boat, which was shaken violently. Both the aircraft's starboard engines were seen to have caught fire and shortly afterwards it came down in the sea, exploding on impact with the water. On assumption that none of the aircrew would escape from the wreckage, the CO ordered the U-boat to dive so that a proper inspection of damage, which turned out to be relatively minor , could be made. One of U 539's crew was slightly wounded

Flt Lt JNG Bruce RAF 66528; Wg Cmdr RM Longmore RAF;Warrant Officer EA Mincham 406306 RNZAF Flt Sergeant AE Parsons 901162 RAF;Warrant Officer W Stott 407563 RNZAF; FO RW Tait 21402 RAF; FO FM Webber RCAF J/14447

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society


1943-October-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Francis Maxwell Webber 2023-04-05

Liberator FL926

s/n
 FL926

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-October-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edward Bruce Gillespie 2023-08-01
1943-October-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles William Hamann 2023-08-01
1943-October-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Allison Wallace 2021-10-02

Liberator FL938

s/n
 FL938

Known Squadron Assignments: 224

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-02 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Vernon Gibson DFC 2021-08-07
1943-September-02 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Albert Arthur Thompson 2021-07-20
1943-September-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ralph Henderson Tierney 2021-07-17

Liberator FL939

s/n
 FL939

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-22 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Lloyd Allison Munson 2021-09-28

Liberator FL954

s/n
 FL954

Known Squadron Assignments: 86

last update: 2024-February-19

Combat 1943-10-24 to 1943-10-24

(CS) Sqn (RAF) Ballkelly

Shortly after take off from Ballykelly on an operational mission, the aircraft crashed into Lough Foyle with the loss of all 9 crew: A launch from 60 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit based in Lough Foyle was ordered out to search for the aircraft but was hampered by thick fog, it being daybreak before the wreckage and 5 bodies were discovered, the cause of the crash was never discovered. In 1982 a propeller from one of the Liberators engines was recovered by a Lynx helicopter from 655 Sqn AAC, Ballykelly and mounted outside the Sgts Mess. In the operations record book for 60 ASRMCU it is recorded that on 15 November 1943, the body of Sqn Ldr Cooper was carried to Moville Beacon on a launch, transferred to a vessel of the Royal Navy and interred at sea

Sergeant WJ Barber 1239595 Name on Runnymede Memorial; Sergeant EJ Brown 1316499 Name on Runnymede Memorial; Sqn Ldr LF Cooper 33231 Name on Runnymede Memorial; Flt Sergeant JA Deschamps R/141550 RCAF Burried Limavady, St Mary's RC Churchyard; FO DG Evans 132703 Pilot Burried Tenby, St Mary's Church Cemetery; lt Sergeant NKP Hickson 421278 Name on Runnymede Memorial ;Warrant Officer FW Hutchinson 919425 WOp Chingford Mount Cemetery Essex; Sergeant D Kirkwood 1698515 Name on Runnymede Memorial ;Flt Sergeant SAH Richards R/113705 RCAF WOp Tamlaght Finlagan CofI Churchyard, Ballykelly, Potential War Grave

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

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1943-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Andre Deschamps 2023-07-19
1943-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Sidney Albert Hardie Richards 2023-07-19

Liberator FL959

s/n
 FL959

Known Squadron Assignments: 224

Liberator FL959 (Flying Officer G.H. Wharram) took off from Gibraltar at 1030 hours on 2nd September 1943, to carry out anti-submarine sweep in the Bay of Biscay. At 1615 hours, whilst in position 44.00 N, 11.00 W, Liberator was attacked by four Ju.88s. After combat, Liberator was forced to ditch. The captain (Flying Officer Wharram) was killed in action. Sergeant Maloney was killed in the ditching process. "The remaining members of the crew (Flight Sergeant Foss, Flying Officer Collins, Sergeant Bareham, Flying Officer Miller, Sergeant Dilks, Flying Officer Wilcox and Flying Officer Johnston) were in a dinghy for some days. "Flying Officer Miller and Flying Officer [sic] Wilcox died on 7th September and 8th September 1943, respectively, and were both buried at sea, "The remaining members of the crew were rescued at 0945 hours on 9th September 1943 by HMS Wildgoose, but Pilot Officer Collins and Sergeant Bareham died on board ship. "The following personnel survived the ordeal and are now in hospital: Flight Sergeant R.J. Ross [sic] Sergeant M.W. Dilks Flying Officer Johnstone RAF Commands, The Biscay saga

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-September-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Clayton Miller 2021-08-16
1943-September-02 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Charles Russell Wharram 2021-07-09

Liberator FL971

s/n
 FL971

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Hector Sylva Joannette 2021-08-11

Liberator FL977

s/n
 FL977

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

last update: 2024-February-19

Bombing 1944-06-24 to 1944-06-24

(C) Sqn (RAF) Ballykelly

At 0415 hrs, on returning from an operational mission in bad weather, the aircraft flew in to Binevenagh at an altitude of about 900 feet when attempting to land at Ballykelly, having previously had to abandon two attempted approaches, the Liberator exploded and all the crew were killed:

FL 977 were on a night anti-sub patrol when they crashed The aircraft struck the mountain fifty feet below the 1,280 foot summit. WOs W.C.Wallace, F.G. Logan, Pilot Officer G.W. Gerring,Warrant Officer H.G. Coombe (RNZAF), and five of the crew, not Canadians,were killed.

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society


1944-June-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George William Gerring 2023-07-19
1944-June-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Francis George Logan 2023-05-01
1944-June-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Wilfred Clark Wallace 2023-07-19

Liberator FL980

s/n
 FL980

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Andrew Christopher Neville 2021-08-17
1944-February-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Douglas Gibbs Strachan 2021-07-22

Liberator FL989

s/n
 FL989

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Pierre Elzear Rodolphe Baillargeon 2023-07-19
1944-June-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Vaughan Albert McLellan 2023-07-19

Liberator FL911

s/n
 FL911

Known Squadron Assignments: 160

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-May-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Edgar Cooper 2024-04-09
1944-May-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Korski 2021-10-08
1944-May-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Franklin Thomas Mabee 2023-10-01

Liberator JN959

s/n
 JN959

Known Squadron Assignments: ;148

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-February-11 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Nairne Edwin Plaxton DFM 2023-07-28

Liberator JT982

s/n
 JT982

Known Squadron Assignments: 231;45

London Evening Standard July 6 1945

An RAF Ferry Command C.IX Liberator, JT982 of 231 Squadron, was scheduled for a Washington, Dorval, Gander, Keflavik, Prestwick, and Northolt flight itinerary. The aircraft departed RCAF Gander on July 4, 1945 on the leg to Keflavik with a crew of 4 and 11 VIP passengers including several women. While enroute towards Keflavik, the Liberator ditched in the North Atlantic apparently due to the elevator becoming jammed. Although an intensive two week air and sea search was carried out, no trace of the aircraft or crew and passengers were ever found from the missing Liberator.

last update: 2024-February-19
1945-July-04 Accident: 45 GROUP Loc: Missing Names: Cole-Hamilton | Dunn | Evans | Hibbard | Keates | Malkin | Meagher | Patterson | Peel | Ross | Scupham | Spurway | Swaney | Tollard

Transport 1945-07-03 to 1945-07-04

45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Liberator C IX aircraft JT982, operated by a mixed crew of civilian and 231 Squadron aircrew, was scheduled for a flight from Washington DC USA to Northolt, England with stopovers in Dorval, Gander, Keflavik and Prestwick. The aircraft departed RCAF Gander on July 4, 1945 on the leg to Keflavik with a crew of 6 and 9 VIP passengers including several women, when the Liberator ditched in the North Atlantic, believed due to the elevator becoming jammed. An intensive two week air and sea search was carried out, during which a second, RCAF Liberator 595 was lost in the Atlantic, but no trace of the aircraft, crew or passengers of Liberator JT982 were found

Passengers:

  • Sir Herbert William Malkin GCMG, CB, KC, Legal Adviser to Foreign Office -Age 62
  • Colonel Denis Cuthbert Capel-Dunn OBE, Ministry of Defense (MI5) - Age 41
  • Mr Roland Tennyson Peel COBE MC, India Office - Age 52
  • Miss Mabel Jane Clarkson Scupham, Foreign Office - Aged 40
  • Miss Joan Margaret Cole-Hamilton MBE, Foreign Office - Age 40
  • Miss Doreen A Smith, Foreign Office - Aged 20
  • Miss Agnes Mary Collard, Foreign Office - Age 29
  • Miss Beryl Hibberd, India Office - Age 23
  • Miss Phyllis Mabel Spurway, Cabinet Office - Aged 35
  • Crew:

  • Captain George Peter Evans (pilot) United States civilian
  • (Captain) John Weldy Ross (co-pilot) United States civilian
  • Cyril Paul Joseph Meagher (radio operator) Canadian civilian
  • Gayle Burton Swaney Flight Engineer, Canadian civilian
  • Flying Officer Roy Holden Marshall Patterson navigator, (RCAF), 231 Squadron
  • Sergeant William Thomas Keates, flight clerk (RAFVR), 231 Squadron
  • Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie pages 132, 135-9, 217,259,329

    The Liberator in Royal air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas

    General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

    General Aviation Safety Network

    General Keflavik I Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives


    1945-July-04 KIFA MD Colonel Denis Cuthbert Capel-Dunn OBE 2023-12-23
    1945-July-04 KIFA FO Civilian Joan Margaret Cole-Hamilton MBE 2024-04-29
    1945-July-04 KIFA FO Civilian Agnes Mary Collard 2024-04-29
    1945-July-04 KIFA RAF Civilian George Peter Evans 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA IO Civilian Beryl Jean Hibberd 2023-07-26
    1945-July-04 KIFA RAFVR Leading Aircraftman William Thomas Keates RVM 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA FO Civilian Sir Herbert William Malkin GCMG, CB, KC 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA RAF Civilian Cyril Paul Joseph Meagher 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roy Holden Marshall Patterson 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA IO Civilian Roland Tennyson Peel COBE MC 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA RAF Civilian John Weldy Ross 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA FO Civilian Mabel Jane Clarkson Scupham 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA FO Civilian Doreen Elizabeth Smith 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA Cabinet Civilian Phyllis Mabel Spurway 2022-12-30
    1945-July-04 KIFA RAF Civilian Gayle Burton Swaney 2022-12-30

    Liberator JT985

    s/n
     JT985

    Known Squadron Assignments: 232

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-June-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Saxon Millis Cole 2024-04-29
    1945-June-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer George Everett McPherson 2021-08-17
    1945-June-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Craig Todd 2021-05-24
    1945-June-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Angus Twaddle 2021-05-24

    Liberator KG822

    s/n
     KG822

    Known Squadron Assignments: 354

    Skipper J/86953 Flying Officer Maurice Jorgenson RCAF and his seven crewmates were airborne from Kankesanturai, Ceylon at 1532 hrs on 4 Dec 1944. All eight went missing and have no known graves. Burning wreckage but no sign of life was reported by crews of 354 Sqn Liberators KG850 "Y" and EV950 "T". KG850 reported the Lat/Long of the wreckage as 12.21' N, 85.17' E. From 0056 to 0059 hrs on 5 Dec this Lib circled the debris at 100 ft altitude and took photos. EV950, over the burning wreckage at 0055, reported the location as being 12.21' N, 85.25' E . the same Latitude but a slightly different Longitude than noted by KG850. RAF Commands web page

    Operations Record Book December 4 1944 Operations Record Book

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Christian Abildgaard 2023-08-01
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Albert Louis Bonany 2023-08-01
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Reginald Norman Etherington 2023-08-01
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Maurice Jorgenson 2023-08-01
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Colquhoun Slawson 2021-05-24
    1944-December-04 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Geoffrey Mccarthy Thickett 2021-07-20

    Liberator KG831

    s/n
     KG831

    Known Squadron Assignments: 356

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John William Anderson 2023-08-01
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Reginald Halford 2023-08-01
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Booth James Johnston 2023-08-01
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Leonard William Koehl 2023-08-01
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John MacLeod 2022-01-21
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Philip Alexander McMaster 2021-08-21
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Wallace Piercy 2021-08-14
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Lowry Reid 2021-08-10
    1945-May-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant William Leishman Thornton-White 2021-07-17

    Liberator KG850

    s/n
     KG850

    Known Squadron Assignments: 354

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edmund Leonard Easton 2023-08-01

    Liberator KG857

    s/n
     KG857

    Known Squadron Assignments: 547

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-October-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Robert Menzies 2021-08-16

    Liberator KG880

    s/n
     KG880
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

    Ex USAAF serial number 44-10385. Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "Y" shortly after arrival, later coded "VJ". Collided on runway at Abbotsford with KH107 on 3 July 1945, total of 9 casualties, all RAF. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-08 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-July-03 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Allen | Avery | Batley | Brandon | Brown | Elding | Gunter | Kennedy | Morris | Murphy | Scarborough | Sinclair | Suggate | Thomas | Whitaker
       1945-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Arthur Kenneth Allan 2023-04-25
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Robert Hardy Avery 2023-04-25
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAF Flying Officer Trevor Batley DFC 2023-04-25
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Peter Foley Gunter 2023-04-26
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Garnet Wilfred Morris DFC 2023-04-26
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAF Sergeant John William Murphy 2022-06-02
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant John Allen Sinclair DSO, DFC 2023-04-26
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Cecil Suggate 2023-04-26
    1945-July-03 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant John Evan Thomas 2023-04-26
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG886

    s/n
     KG886
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AD". In natural metal finsih by end of war. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-13 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG887

    s/n
     KG887

    Known Squadron Assignments: 178

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-August-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Barclay Hurlburt 2023-07-16

    Liberator KG888

    s/n
     KG888
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG891

    s/n
     KG891
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AC". In natural metal finsih by end of war. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG892

    s/n
     KG892
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG894

    s/n
     KG894
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AE". In natural metal finsih by end of war. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG896

    s/n
     KG896

    Known Squadron Assignments: 1674 HCU

    The aircraft was carrying out a radar homing exercise with a launch on Lough Neagh when it flew in to rising ground at Tornaroy, Hannahstown, south east of Standing Stones Hill at 0220 hrs and burst into flames, killing all 11 on board, No further details

    source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-19 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Richard Henry Appleyard 2023-07-19

    Liberator KG911

    s/n
     KG911

    Known Squadron Assignments: 203

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-July-23 KIA RAF Flying Officer John Vernon Prosser 2021-05-24

    Liberator KG913

    s/n
     KG913

    Known Squadron Assignments: 220

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Demers Laronde 2023-07-24

    Liberator KG920

    s/n
     KG920
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG922

    s/n
     KG922
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG923

    s/n
     KG923
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

    Liberator KG924

    s/n
     KG924
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-July-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1947-April-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KG928

    s/n
     KG928

    Known Squadron Assignments: 178

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-January-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Hornoi 2023-07-28

    Liberator KG929

    s/n
     KG929
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AH". last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-21 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-February-18 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Runway 06 Names: Adams | Burrell | Carson | Day | Fullum | Gillespie | Lea | McLeod | Sibourne
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KG930

    s/n
     KG930
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-28 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KG931

    s/n
     KG931
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-June-28 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KG942

    s/n
     KG942

    Known Squadron Assignments: 178

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-October-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Richard James Gregory 2021-08-07
    1944-October-04 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Burnham John Malcolm Thorp 2021-07-17

    Liberator KG964

    s/n
     KG964

    Known Squadron Assignments: 224

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-February-26 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Leslie Anwyl Chadwick 2024-01-25
    1945-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Joseph Leo Gallipeau 2023-08-05
    1945-February-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Edward Murphy 2021-05-24

    Liberator KG973

    s/n
     KG973

    Known Squadron Assignments: 99

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-December-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Ernest Jones 2023-08-01
    1944-December-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Robert Milligan 2022-01-21

    Liberator KG978

    s/n
     KG978
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1947-April-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KG986

    s/n
     KG986

    Known Squadron Assignments: 203

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-20 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Shirley William Morris 2021-08-16

    Liberator KH100

    s/n
     KH100

    Known Squadron Assignments: 203;178

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-November-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Owen James Cox 2024-05-09
    1944-November-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Louis Chapman 2024-02-01
    1944-November-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ames Edwin Botsford Denovan 2022-06-25

    Liberator KH105

    s/n
     KH105
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH106

    s/n
     KH106
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH107

    s/n
     KH107
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF serial number 44-672. Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "VJ" and "AQ", dates not known. Collided on runway at Abbotsford with KG880 on 3 July 1945, total of 9 casualties, all RAF. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-July-03 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Allen | Batley | Brandon | Gunter | Morris | Murphy | Sinclair | Suggate | Thomas
       1945-August-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH108

    s/n
     KH108
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. KH108 was EX USAAF 44-10673, and arrived at 5 OTU on 9 August 1944. It was reported missing on the night of 10/11 November 1944, and was later found to have crashed into a mountain on Vancouver Island on 11 November. It was written off the books on 29 December 1944. The wreckage was not located until June 1945, north of the east end of Nitinat Lake. The aircraft carried the code "AT" when it crashed. All 11 crew on board were killed. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1944-November-10 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Unknown Names: Brown | Cooke | Hafford | Helper | Jones | Kingdon | MacDonald | May | Morganstein | Westwater
       1944-December-29 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer Frederick Edward Brown 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAF Sergeant Frederick Douglas Hafford 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Sidney Helper 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Glyn Ivor Jones 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer John Victor Kingdon 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Thomas MacDonald 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Ronald May 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Morris Morganstein 2023-05-26
    1944-November-10 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant David Peggie Westwater 2023-05-26
    1944-November-11 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer James Frederick Cooke 2024-04-08
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH109

    s/n
     KH109
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-11 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH110

    s/n
     KH110
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AU". last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-August-14 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-May-11 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Askam | Bell | Coulter | McCabe | Wilson | Wrighton
       1945-June-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH154

    s/n
     KH154

    Known Squadron Assignments: ;31

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-October-13 KIA RAF Sergeant Arthur Donald Griffin 2021-04-07

    Liberator KH159

    s/n
     KH159

    Known Squadron Assignments: 159

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1944-November-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Ronald Hardy 2023-08-01
    1944-November-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Brine Johnson 2023-08-01

    Liberator KH171

    s/n
     KH171
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-June-24 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Pt Roberts Names: Bowley | Byatt | Cunningham | Duck | Holmes | Howell | Irving | McClurey | Plunkett | Walton | Wilson
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH172

    s/n
     KH172
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AW". last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH173

    s/n
     KH173
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AZ". Failed to return from training flight on 9 January 1945. Later found to have crashed at sea off Bell Island (about 10 miles north of Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island). All 11 crew missing, presumed killed. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-January-09 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Port Hardy British Columbia Names: Burr | Bustable | Cecksey | Cuthbertsen | Mergans | Mitchell | Simpson | Snelling | Spence | Stead | Trickey
       1945-February-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer Thomas Henry Bastable 2023-02-08
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Robert Henry Burr 2023-02-08
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Frank Cocksey 2024-03-09
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant James Brown Cuthbertson 2023-02-11
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Cyril Irwin Mitchell 2023-02-13
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAF Sergeant William David Newton Morgans 2023-02-13
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Alan Simpson 2023-02-16
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant George Arthur Snelling 2023-02-16
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAF Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Edmund Spence DFC 2023-02-16
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Peter Stead 2023-02-16
    1945-January-09 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer James Francis Trickey 2023-02-16
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH174

    s/n
     KH174
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH175

    s/n
     KH175
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AX". last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1945-April-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH176

    s/n
     KH176
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. Coded "AY". last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-September-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH210

    s/n
     KH210

    Known Squadron Assignments: 355

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-May-02 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Samuel Arthur Doherty 2023-07-18

    Liberator KH214

    s/n
     KH214

    Known Squadron Assignments: 215

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Charles Milne Brodie 2024-06-22
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Denison Cox 2024-05-09
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Arthur Hugh Harris 2024-06-22
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harold Oliver Irvine 2024-06-22
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Murray Potts 2024-06-22
    1945-January-03 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Leigh Washbrook 2024-06-22

    Liberator KH215

    s/n
     KH215

    Known Squadron Assignments: 358

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-January-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Russell 2023-07-21

    Liberator KH218

    s/n
     KH218

    Known Squadron Assignments: 356

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-August-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert Henry Lacey 2021-08-13
    1945-August-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Roydon Hubert McLeod 2021-08-17

    Liberator KH255

    s/n
     KH255

    Known Squadron Assignments: 159

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Francis James Conway 2024-03-28
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Kristinn Gudmundur Johnson 2023-07-21
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Richard Lyle McMillan 2021-08-17
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Gerald Schroeder 2023-07-21
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Talbot 2023-07-21
    1945-February-09 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Nick Zakow 2023-07-21

    Liberator KH256

    s/n
     KH256

    Known Squadron Assignments: 159

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Walter Garfield Cunningham 2024-06-01
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Gerald Francis Greenlee 2023-08-01
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Leo Haberthur 2023-08-01
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John William Paterson 2021-08-18
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Clement Reeve 2021-08-10
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Francis Stafford 2022-01-03
    1945-March-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Murray Tree 2021-07-15

    Liberator KH282

    s/n
     KH282

    Known Squadron Assignments: 358

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-February-20 KIA RAF Sergeant Gerald Mathew Pumphrey 2023-08-01

    Liberator KH285

    s/n
     KH285
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH286

    s/n
     KH286
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-October-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH287

    s/n
     KH287
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-October-18 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH288

    s/n
     KH288
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Supplied by RAF for use at No. 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, BC. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-October-10 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KH316

    s/n
     KH316

    Known Squadron Assignments: 356

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Mackenzie Clarke 2024-02-28
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ralph George Henry Fisher 2023-07-21
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant George William Hill 2023-07-21
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Carl Hodichak 2023-07-21
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Peter Nicholas Humeniski 2023-07-21
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Floyd Reginald Ross 2023-07-21
    1945-June-12 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Stephen John Veres 2023-07-21

    Liberator KH323

    s/n
     KH323

    Known Squadron Assignments: 357

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Alfred George Brett 2021-07-28
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Nelson Friesen 2023-07-15
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert James Smith Green 2023-07-15
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Karl Mccormick Merriam 2023-07-15
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Brian Millar 2023-07-15
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Ervin Rickert 2023-07-18
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Jack Thornber Steventon 2023-07-18
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Leonard Stewart Stockwell 2023-07-15
    1945-April-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Gordon John Storkey 2023-07-15

    Liberator KH326

    s/n
     KH326

    Known Squadron Assignments: 357

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Harry Henry Andrews 2023-08-01
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Livingstone Dellis 2023-08-01
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Faulkner 2023-08-01
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Reinhold Giesbrecht 2023-08-01
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Peter McLeod 2021-09-23
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Jean Paul Perron 2021-08-16
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Walker Reeve 2021-08-10
    1945-June-06 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Arie Frank Timmermans 2021-07-17

    Liberator KH338

    s/n
     KH338

    Known Squadron Assignments: 86

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-April-26 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Kenneth Manson Rupert 2022-01-03

    Liberator KH360

    s/n
     KH360

    Known Squadron Assignments: 99

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-January-01 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Gordon Lorne Rowe 2021-08-06

    Liberator KH389

    s/n
     KH389

    Known Squadron Assignments: 99

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frederick Vincent Brennan 2023-08-01
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Richard Robert Chappise 2024-02-03
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Clayton Boye Ekeberg 2023-08-01
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Jack Abraham Farr 2023-08-01
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Ernest Mittay 2021-08-16
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Michael Mostowy 2021-08-16
    1945-June-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gordon William O'Connor 2021-05-25

    Liberator KH397

    s/n
     KH397

    Known Squadron Assignments: 358

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-March-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Sidney Edward Hencher 2023-07-15

    Liberator KH410

    s/n
     KH410

    Known Squadron Assignments: 206

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-April-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Walter William Spencer 2023-08-30
    1945-April-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Thomas Keith Theaker 2024-03-07

    Liberator KK237

    s/n
     KK237
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44308, ex RAF KK237. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 11 December 1944. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it had 596:00 logged time. Stored at Abbotsford, BC by 27 November 1945. On strength with No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit by 1 February 1946. Broken up and sold as scrap in 1946. Hulk recovered from a farm in Chase, BC in 1971, and advertised for sale. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-22 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK238

    s/n
     KK238
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44309, ex RAF KK238. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 16 January 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it had 595:00 logged time. Stored at Abbotsford, BC by 27 November 1945. On strength with No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit by 1 February 1946. Broken up and sold as scrap in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-22 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK239

    s/n
     KK239
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44310, ex RAF KK239. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 16 January 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it had 652:30 logged time. Stored at Abbotsford, BC by 27 November 1945. On strength with No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit by 1 February 1946. Broken up and sold as scrap in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-23 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK240

    s/n
     KK240
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44311, ex RAF KK240. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 15 May 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it had 307:15 logged time. Stored at Abbotsford, BC by 27 November 1945. On strength with No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit by 1 February 1946. Broken up and sold as scrap in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-23 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK241

    s/n
     KK241
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44312, ex RAF KK241. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 21 May 1945. Reported missing on cross country flight on 1 June 1945. Ownership to No. 3 Repair Depot on 5 June 1945, for write off. Wreckage later found on Mount Welch, BC (East of Chilliwack, now known as Welch Peak). last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-23 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
    1945-June-01 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Unknown Names: Aldridge | Broadbent | Dale | Drummond | Gibbons | Hammond | Hill | Langlands | Long | Murray | Swatton
       1945-July-06 Struck off Strength 2020-09-28
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Stanley Aldridge 2023-04-18
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Albert Eric Broadbent 2023-02-08
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAF Sergeant John Randall Dale 2023-02-11
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant William Peter Watt Drummond 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Isaac Gibbons 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAF Sergeant James Leonard Gordon Hammond 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Arthur William David Hill 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant David Robertson Langlands 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Gilbert Ewart Ellis Long 2023-02-12
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Graham Murray 2023-02-15
    1945-June-01 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant William Thomas Swatton 2023-02-16
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK242

    s/n
     KK242
    m/d
     Model 32

    Known Squadron Assignments:

    Ex USAAF B-24J-95-CF serial 44-44313, ex RAF KK242. Delivered to stored reserve, issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Boundary Bay, BC on 28 May 1945. Pending disposal from 16 October 1945, when it had 225:10 logged time. Stored at Abbotsford, BC by 27 November 1945. On strength with No. 7 Reserve Equipment Maintenance Unit by 1 February 1946. Broken up and sold as scrap in 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
       1944-November-23 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
       1946-October-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
    📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

    Liberator KK299

    s/n
     KK299

    Known Squadron Assignments: 547

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Ashton Keown 2021-08-12
    1945-May-05 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert James McLean 2021-08-17
    1945-May-05 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Vincent Daniel Sweeney 2021-07-21

    Liberator KL386

    s/n
     KL386

    Known Squadron Assignments: 45 Grp

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-February-06 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Arnold Coott 2024-04-11

    Liberator KL676

    s/n
     KL676

    Known Squadron Assignments: 220;59

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-October-18 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William Simpson Paterson 2021-08-18

    Liberator KN752

    s/n
     KN752

    Known Squadron Assignments: 356

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-August-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Lawson McBride 2023-08-01

    Liberator KN768

    s/n
     KN768

    Known Squadron Assignments: 6 FU;45

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-June-30 Accident: 45 GROUP Loc: Dorval Names: Buers | Chappell | Clark | Furness | Hourston | McCallum | Mullin | Platt | Southwell | Squibb | Winkley | Woods

    Ferry Flight 1945-06-30 to 1945-06-30

    45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

    45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval Quebec. Liberator BVIII KN 768, leaving for a trans-Atlantic ferry flight to the UK, rotated and raised the undercarriage too early, which caused a propeller to strike the runway and come off. That engine cut-out and although the bomber lifted off the runway, it crashed in flames with the loss of six of the eleven crew aboard. Six crew members survived (from a quoted crew of 12, although many sites list 4 killed from this accident). Limited detail on the survivors has been found to date. All aboard KN768 were part of 6 Ferry Unit

    The rescue efforts were immediate and one of the first to respond was F/L DP Varden (RCAF), on leave from RCAF Yarmouth and staying at a house near the crash site. Varden leapt into action, entering the flaming wreckage time and again to try to get the crew out, despite burning his hands in the process. F/L Varden was awarded the George Medal for his bravery

    Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 329

    The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton, with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas, page 243

    General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

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    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Geoffrey Frank Buers 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant George Edward Chappell 2024-02-03
    1945-June-30 Survived RAFVR Pilot Officer Ronald Clark 2024-02-25
    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Allan Thomas Furness 2023-06-28
    1945-June-30 Survived RAFVR Sergeant Alexander McCallum 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 Survived RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Derek Mullin 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Ivor Ralph Platt 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 Survived RAFVR Sergeant Gordon T H Sinclair 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Derrick William Southwell 2023-06-14
    1945-June-30 Survived RAFVR Pilot Officer Patrick E Squibb 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 Survived RCAF Flight Lieutenant Dennis Peter Varden GM 2022-12-16
    1945-June-30 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer John Albert Winkley 2022-12-14
    1945-June-30 Survived RAF Sergeant Ralph H Woods 2022-12-14

    Liberator KN826

    s/n
     KN826

    Known Squadron Assignments: 45 Grp

    last update: 2024-February-19

    Transport 1945-08-02 to 1945-08-02

    45 (T) Group (RAF) Lydda, Palestine

    45 Group, RAF Transport Command (Ferio Ferendo) Liberator BVIII aircraft KN 826 flew into the ground after a night take-off from Lydda, Palestine on a delivery flight

    Flying Officer SA Bennett (RAFVR)(Can), Flying Officer KHL Houghton DFM and Bar (RAF) (a former Evader), Flight Lieutenant JA Sprigge DFM (RAF), Sergeant EF Rogers (RAFVR), Sergeant RR Gibson (RAFVR), Sergeant MA Hammond (RAFVR), Sergeant DG Longhurst (RAFVR), Sergeant RR Milligan (RAFVR), Sergeant TP Pipe (RAFVR), Sergeant WF Reeks (RAFVR), Sergeant R Meanley (RAFVR), Sergeant LR Hollett (RAFVR)(Nfld), Flight Lieutenant A Maycock (RAFVR) were all killed in this flying accident

    Lance Sergeant F Woolley of the North Staffordshire Regiment may also have been a passenger lost in this accident (J Baugher)

    Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie pages 330, 395

    The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas page 246

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    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Stanley Albert Bennett 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Ralph Robinson Gibson 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Maurice Albert Hammond 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Lloyd Russell Hollett 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAF Flying Officer Kenneth Hugh Leslie Houghton DFM and Bar 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Dennis Gordon Longhurst 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Allister Maycock 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Ralph Meanley 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Robert Reade Milligan 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Terence Philip Pipe 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant William Frederick Reeks 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Eric Frederick Rogers 2022-12-30
    1945-August-02 KIFA RAF Flight Lieutenant James Alexander Sprigge DFM 2022-12-30

    Liberator LV341

    s/n
     LV341

    Known Squadron Assignments: 120

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1942-August-13 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Alfred Burton Craig 2024-05-11

    Liberator TS520

    s/n
     TS520

    Known Squadron Assignments: 223

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-February-21 PoW RCAF Flight Sergeant Brian Maxwell 2024-06-24
    1945-February-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Willard Thompson 2024-06-24
    1945-February-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Mark Wood 2024-06-24

    Liberator TT336

    s/n
     TT336

    Known Squadron Assignments: 223

    last update: 2024-February-19
    1945-January-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Kenneth Clark 2024-02-24
    1945-January-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Leslie Evens 2023-08-23
    1945-January-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Alexander Gray 2023-08-23

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