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Lee, Jr., Philip  Francis  (Civilian Pilot)

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-08-14

Birth Date: 1905-12-14 (age 35)

Born: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA

Son of Philip Francis Lee and Margaret (nee Wilson) Lee

Husband of Nell Cole Lee

Home: Urbana, Maryland

Service
ATA
Unit
 Ferry Command- Ferry Command (RAF)
Base
Dorval, Quebec
Rank
Civilian Pilot
Position
Passenger
Service Numbers

Liberator AM260

Aircraft Transfer 1941-August-14 to 1941-August-14

RAF Ferry Command, Return Ferry Service Liberator I aircraft AM 260 crashed and burned when it veered off the runway while taking-off from Heathfield Aerodrome, Ayr, Scotland for a return flight to Ferry Command Headquarters in Dorval Quebec, killing all 22 civilian aircrew and passengers:

  • (Pilot) EB Anding, American civilian, Air Transport Auxiliary
  • (Pilot) MB Dilley, American civilian
  • Pilot) AC Earl, American civilian
  • (Pilot) E Hamel, American civilian
  • (Pilot) G Hull, American civilian
  • (Pilot) JJ Kerwin, American civilian
  • (Pilot) PF Lee Jr., Air Transport Auxiliary, American civilian
  • (Pilot) JJ Moffat, Canadian civilian
  • (Pilot/Captain) Captain RC Stafford DFM, BOAC, British civilian
  • (Pilot) WL Trimble, Air Transport Auxiliary, American civilian
  • (Pilot) EW Watson, American civilian
  • (Pilot) MJ Wetzel, Air Transport Auxiliary, American civilian
  • (Radio Officer) R Coates, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) JP Culbert, British civilian
  • (Radio Officer) RA Duncan, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) WFJ Goddard, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) DN Hannant, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) JJ MacDonald, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) G McKay, Canadian civilian
  • (Radio Officer) A Tamblin, Canadian civilian
  • (Flight Engineer) RF Davis, American civilian
  • Canadian civilian passenger Sir Arthur Blaikie Purvis Sr., Head of the British Purchasing Commission (resident of Montreal)
  • This was the second serious crash of a Return Ferry Service LB-30 Liberator in 4 days. Please see Liberator I aircraft AM 261 for more detail and casualty list on this other tragic crash

    Combined, the two aircraft crashes were a significant blow to the ability of Ferry Command to effectively conduct operations

    These two events may have been the inspiration for the plot device that put the actors into Ferry Command Hudson aircraft in the Warner Brothers propaganda movie on the RCAF, "Captains of the Clouds" being filmed in Canada at the time the crashes occurred

    Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie pages 310-11

    The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service by James D Oughton with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas pages 33,115

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

    General Lee Philip Francis

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    Find-A-Grave.com Find-A-Grave.com

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

    Burial
    Google Map Cambridge American Cemetery, UK
    Plot G Row 4 Grave 162

    Crew on Liberator AM260

    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 AM260

    London Evening Standard August 15 1941

    Was US YB-24 s/n 40-698. Crashed and burned on takeoff from Heathfield Airfield, Ayr, Scotland after veering off runway and striking a small building and then an embankment. 22 onboard killed.

    RAF Ferry Command, Return Ferry Service Liberator I aircraft #AM 260 crashed and burned when it veered off the runway while taking-off from Heathfield Aerodrome, Ayr, Scotland for a return flight to Ferry Command Headquarters in Dorval QC, killing all 22 civilian aircrew and passengers, including (Pilot) EB Anding (USA), (Pilot) MB Dilley (USA), (Pilot) AC Earl (USA), (Pilot) E Hamel (USA), (Pilot) G Hull (USA), (Pilot) JJ Kerwin (USA), (Pilot) PF Lee Jr (USA), (Pilot) JJ Moffat (Can), (Pilot) Captain RC Stafford (BOAC)(UK), (Pilot) WL Trimble (USA), (Pilot) EW Watson (USA), (Pilot) MJ Wetzel (USA), (Radio Officer) R Coates (Can), (Radio Officer) (Radio Officer) JP Culbert (UK), (Radio Officer) RA Duncan (Can), (Radio Officer) WFJ Goddard (Can), (Radio Officer) DN Hannant (Can), (Radio Officer) JJ MacDonald (Can), (Radio Officer) G McKay (Can),(Radio Officer) A Tamblin (Can), (Flight Engineer) RF Davis (USA) (who was also a USN Reserve Pilot) and civilian passenger AB Purvis (Can), the Head of the British Purchasing Commission (resident of Montreal) (marks www.rafcommands.com).

    This was the second serious crash of a Return Ferry Service LB-30 Liberator in 4 days. Please see Anderson, JJ for details and casualty list on crash of Liberator I aircraft #AM 261. Combined, the two aircraft crashes were a significant blow to the ability of Ferry Command to conduct operations.

    These crashes may have been the inspiration for the plot device that puts the actors into Ferry Command Hudsons in the Warner Brothers propaganda movie on the RCAF, "Captains of the Clouds" then being filmed in Canada.


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