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Meanley, Ralph (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1945-August-02

Birth Date: 1922 (age 23)

Son of John William and Eliza Meanley, of Darlaston

Home: Darlaston, Staffordshire, England

Service
RAFVR
Unit
6 FU- Ferry Unit (RAF)
Base
Dorval, Quebec
Rank
Flight 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
Flight Engineer
Service Numbers
1520572

Liberator B 24 KN826

Transport 1945-August-02 to 1945-August-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

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Finadagrave.com

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Liberator KN826

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 KN826


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