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3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn

3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:31:47 Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Post:
Looking for the serial number. Liberator lost wing over target and crashed while bombing the railroad at Badgkokmoulien, Burma.

Crew commemorated on the Singapore War Memorial.

F/Lt (Pilot) C.M. Brodie - J/24393

F/O (Pilot) J.M. Potts - J/25534

F/Lt (Nav) K.D. Cox - J/6157

F/Lt (Wop/Ag) A.H. Harris - J/13395

W/O%B9 (Wop/Ag) H.O. Irvine - R/119324

P/O (Airgunner) W.L. Washbrook - J/93729

(Source: "They Shall Grow Not Old" - Allison).

Thanks for your help, regards,

Henk.


RE: 3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn
Author: Ken MacLean (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:42:27 Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Post:
Henk,

Robert Quirk's SEAC pages have KH214, code 'D' of 215 Sqn shot down by flak 3-1-45 while bombing Burma-Siam railway.

See two links on this page, one to Form 540 and another to individual a/c fates:

http://www.rquirk.com/215.html



RE: 3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:04:09 Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Post:
Thanks Ken for the link; I bookmarked for further info.

Season's Greetings,

Henk.


RE: 3-1-1945 - Liberator - 215 Sqdn
Author: Matt Poole (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:20:58 Friday, December 23, 2005
Post:
Hi, Henk.

Although the eleven crewmen of KH214 are listed as missing with no known graves, it has been established that at least ten men from KH214 were buried in a bomb crater by local villagers following the crash on 3 Jan 1945. In fact, a graves search team in late 1945 was photographed holding a memorial service at graveside. This photo, together with a diary of one of the searchers, provided me with enough info to positively link the graves to the KH214 crew.

Yet not one of these eleven men has a known grave today, and Commonwealth War Graves Commission can match no unknown graves in Burma or Thai war cemeteries to 3 Jan 1945. A current in-country investigation hopes to rectify this sad and inexcusable graves oversight. The suspicion is that the bomb crater graves were never exhumed, so the first goal will be to find this site and proceed from there.

Contact me privately at feb2944 AT aol.com (make appropriate changes) if you need more details. You had posted another query about a SEAC Liberator loss two or three weeks ago, and I'm curious to learn the nature of your investigations. Perhaps I can help further, as I know a thing or two about RAF Lib losses in this part of the world.

Happy holidays,

Matt