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Clarke, James Herbert Stevenson (Warrant Officer 1st Class)

Killed in Action 1943-November-04

Male Head

Birth Date: 1919 (age 24)

Elizabeth H. Clarke, of Moncton, New Brunswick.

Home: Moncton, New Brunswick (mother)

148 (SD) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers

Liberator of 148 Sqn took off from its Libyan base for a supply-dropping mission for Yugoslav partisans, codename Fungus 33, from which it did not return. It was later learned that it struck a hilltop four miles north of Kosinjski Zamost, 60 miles southeast of Fiume, on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, and the seven crew were killed.

Killed includes Clarke: F/Lt Eldon Burke Elliott RCAF J/4524 KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7. WO1 Ralph Edward Hawken RCAF R/81068 KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7. F/Sgt Edwin Archibald Toole RCAF R/53246 KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7. F/Lt Hugh Irvine Crawford RNZAF KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7. F/Sgt William Joseph Dowle RAF KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7. F/Lt Maurice Passmore RAF KIA Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. D. 1-7.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Crew on Liberator Mk. II AL509

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

YouTube Liberator bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Liberator bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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 Mk. II AL509

B. Mk II or C. Mk. II

148 (SD) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Trusty

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