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Richardson, Henry Challoner (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1945-July-04

Birth Date: 1925-June (age 20)

Born: Southwick, Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

Son of John George and Barbara Brannaga (nee Greenhow)n Richardson, of Southwick, Sunderland, County Durham

Home: Southwick, Sunderland, County Durham

Service
RAFVR
Unit
111 (OT) OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Base
Nassau, Bahamas
Rank
Sergeant
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Service Numbers
1590830

Liberator B 24 BZ813

Operational 1945-July-04 to 1945-July-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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Finadagrave.com

Sergeant Henry Challoner Richardson has no known grave.

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Liberator BZ813

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 B 24 BZ813


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