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Pickering, Sherwood (Captain)

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-September-01

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

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

Liberator AM915

Ferry Flight 1941-August-31 to 1941-September-01

() Ferry Command (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

RAF Ferry Command, Dorval, Quebec. Liberator aircraft AM915, on the final leg of a trans-Atlantic flight from Canada with a mix of civilian and military crew and passengers encountered poor weather conditions with low visibility on approach to Prestwick, Scotland. Re-directed to nearby RAF Heathfield at Ayr but the pilot instead asked for weather conditions at Squires Gate, near Blackpool, England and proceeded towards his preferred landing area despite direction from Prestwick. Sometime later weather conditions at Squires Gate were deemed unsuitable and Prestwick contacted the pilot, Captain Garden to ask his intentions, who responded that he would make for Ayr. No further communication was received as the aircraft struck the top of Arinarach Hill 3 miles South-East of Campbeltown, Scotland, breaking up over a wide area with the loss of all aboard. The wreckage was not located until the following day due to the weather conditions

Crew:

  • Canadian civilian Radio Officer SW Sydenham
  • British civilian Pilot/1st Officer GL Panes (BOAC)
  • American civilian Flight Engineer CA Spence
  • Australian civilian Pilot Captain K Garden (BOAC)
  • Passengers:

  • British Lieutenant-Colonel LH Wrangham (Royal Marines)
  • American Captain S Picking (US Navy)
  • Belgian civilian Count Guy de Baillet-Latour
  • British civilian Professor Robert Balmain Mowat
  • British civilian Doctor Mark Benjamin
  • British civilian Eric Taylor
  • Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie, page 311

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  • Captain Pickering USN was also a Harvard University Faculty member

    Liberator AM915

    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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    last update: 2021-09-18 19:06:22

    Liberator AM915

    Ex US B-24A-C0 40-2354

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