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Liberator II  AL526 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator II  AL526


c/n 24; TOC Dorval 16.10.41; Dorval - Gander 27.10.41 but retd to Dorval 28.10.41, u/s?; Dorval - Gander 31.12.41, Gander - Prestwick 5.1.42; SAL 5.1.42; SAL to 20 MU Aston Down 13.1.42; 1653 CU 25.4.42; 22 MU 6.9.42; 22 MU to SAL 22.9.42 for supercharger overhaul; SAL to 511 Sqn 18.11.42; 301 FTU 17.12.42; ex UK to India 17.12.42; 159 Sqn [G] 18.1.43; lost on special flare- dropping mission along Arakan coast, 6/7.4.43. More information in: The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service by James D. Oughton , John F. Hamlin, Andrew Thomas

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 07 Apr 43 Aircraft Name Liberator II Serial Number AL526
Unit 159 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country
Aircrew details
Details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator II AL526

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantJohn Albert BEACH (926857) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantThomas James GWYNN (1281616) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantStephen Frederick PANNELL (627985) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantNeil Edgar POWELL (403027) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantCyril Guy RICH (535019) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerJames Crighton STEVENSON (64282) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantWilliam Maxwell STRUTHERS (J/4784) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantWilliam Charles TASSELL (1378543) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantLeslie Ernest WARDILL (1305419) Liberator II AL526  Forum Post 1943-04-07159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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Crew of AN529, 90 Sqn, force landed 8 Nov 1941I have conflicting information about this aircraft's letter code and crew and am looking for clarification. Per "Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, Vol 1, 1939-1942": 8 Nov 1941 90 Sqn, Fortress I AN529 X Op: Benghazi F/O Swanson, crew Took off Shallufa to attack Benghazi harbour and shipping. Ran out of fuel and force-landed 128km W of Fort Maddelena. From Air Classics magazine article, Dec 1994: On 26 October, four Fortresses each with two bomb bay tanks flew to Shaluffa, Egypt as 90 Squadron detachment, leaving five in England. Operations began on 8 November, when "C-Charlie." flown by Flying Off. Stevenson and Flt. Sgt. Ken Brailsford, bombed Benghazi in daylight from 20,000 ft. As the bomb bay doors were open throughout the bombing run, the vented hydraulic fluid from the operation of the autopilot swirled up into the bomb bay and froze the lower bomb releases. Tony Barwood. who was on board to experience high-altitude operations during desert conditions, recalls, "It was the passenger's job to be ready with two screwdrivers to manually operate the lower releases if the bombs failed to come off. On this occasion manual release under the direction of the bomb aimer over the intercom was necessary. It did not contribute to the accuracy of the bombing! "There was some flak, which was a shock as we weren't expecting any. Shortly after turning for home the aircraft progressively ran out of fuel; engines 1, 2 and 3 being feathered in turn. The crew prepared to bail out but a convenient wadi came up and Stevenson effectively crash-landed. Apart from some sand in the eyes, nobody was injured." The crew were later picked up by an armored unit of the Long Range Desert Group. +++++++++++++++++++++ Was AN529 coded "X" or "C"? Was the pilot F/O SWANSON or F/O STEVENSON? If the latter is true, then other crew members included 2nd pilot Ken BRAILSFORD and Tony BARWOOD. I just heard from the daughter of Colin BARBER regarding 159 Sqn matters in India, and she mentioned, by chance, that Colin was involved in a Fortress crash in the desert that I think was AN529...but his logbook is missing. He is alive in Ontario, Canada (having emigrated from the UK years ago) and just told his daughter that Canadian Bill STRUTHERS was among those aboard. I have three photos of the prang (no injuries, all rescued), and there were at least eight aboard. It's early in my communication with Colin's daughter, so possibly Colin will be able to provide his own further take on what happened and who was with him. Are there two separate Fortress prangs involved here? I don't think so, based on info found on Joe Baugher's US serial numbers database, on-line. If a 90 Sqn expert, or another, can provide a crew list, I'll be delighted. Some other tidbits to share: STRUTHERS later died with STEVENSON aboard 159 Sqn's Liberator AL526 "G" on 6/7 April 1943 during an op to the Arakan coast, Burma. BRAILSFORD did a tou ....Read More.Matt Poole on 12th April 2009 07:48:07
CWGC ErrorsI am starting this thread to track the CWGC mistakes - so that our members can take it up with CWGC To correct the data. I will start with [URL]https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1816297/stevenson,-james-crighton/[/URL] Flying Officer STEVENSON, JAMES CRIGHTON Service Number 64282 Died 01/04/1943 159 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve D F C Date of death is actually 07/04/1943 - Pilot of Liberator [serial]AL526[/serial] ....Read More.Jagan on 20th February 2019 03:21:40


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