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Liberator II AL564 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator II AL564

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c/n 62; TOC Dorval 18.11.41; Gander - Prestwick 4.12.41; SAL, Prestwick 4.12.41; SAL - 29 MU High Ercall 8.12.41; 20 MU - SAL 6.4.42 mods for 1445 Flt; SAL - 1653 CU Polebrook 28.5.42; 1445 Flt 19.6.42 for ME; to Hurn 22.6.42; 159 Sqn [D]; to Salbani 11.10.42; 'Donald Duck' cartoon emblem each side of nose; tyre burst in night landing at Salbani 15.4.43; SOC 1.7.43. 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  15 Apr 43 Aircraft Name  Liberator II Serial Number  AL564
Unit  159 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Salbani Country  India
Aircrew details
Flt Lt Terry Towell
Details Tyre burst Salbani Tyre burst on landing; swung and undercarriage collapsed, Salbani, 15.4.43; DBR . (MPoole) Crashed during pilot training overseen by F/Lt Terry Towell DFM. Three other pilots aboard. When tire burst, aircraft swung and starboard landing gear collapsed. Damaged Beyond Repair
Source Matt Poole

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159 Sqn Liberator damaged 23 July 1942Hi, Peter, The lack of 159 Sqn ORB records during part of 1942 is very frustrating. However, I do have some information on 159 Sqn's Benghazi shipping op of that date, from "Chocks Away!", the memoir of W/Cdr J. Leighton Beck DFC & Bar. And also from the paperwork for his recommendation for a DSO, downgraded to a Bar to his DFC. He was a S/Ldr and Flight Commander on 159 Sqn in the Middle East and then India. From his memoir: [I]Daylight missions were very different. We had no fighter air cover so we flew in formation to give mutual support in fire power. To get under the German radar screen we flew low down the Med or down the Quattara Depression (a vast stretch of land below sea-level which ran westward for hundreds of miles south of the coastal strip) then at the last minute we would climb as rapidly as possible to bombing height for the final attack. We could not escape detection as we neared the target and it was sickening to have to witness the fighters taking off from their desert air strips as we approached. Meantime the ring of anti-aircraft defences were being manned to put up a terrific barrage over our target. This happened on 23rd July, 1942 on one of my sorties against shipping and port installations at Benghazi in Libya. We had flown for six hours 100 ft up over the bottom of the Quattara Depression and climbed up to 18,000 ft south of Benghazi and at that height I could see the fighters taking off to attack us. Then way above us on our run up to the docks I saw a formation of American Liberators attack right in front. They had supercharged engines so could fly at 32,000 ft out of flak range (their Nordyn bombsight was better than ours in the RAF) and I was amazed to see a large cargo ship in the docks receive a direct hit. It just exploded upwards and outwards with complete destruction. We were all tensed up in my formation naturally and on the approach it was like watching a film in slow motion. The noise of the engines blanked out most sounds except directions “left left” or “right right” from the bomb aimer or information from the gunners of fighter activity on the intercom system when the ME 110 attacked on the run up to the docks. Then all hell was let loose as we flew through the dense flak barrage. I could hear the crump, crump of shells exploding all around us and see the black puffs of smoke. The sound is somewhat like heavy doors being slammed shut at the end of an echoing corridor at each burst. Then “bombs away” and shortly after the formation’s bombs were seen to hit the docks and shipping given over the intercom by my rear gunner. As soon as we were clear of the target I could feel that my aircraft had received some damage but had no time to check as we were immediately attacked by three fighters. An ME 109, a ME110* and an Italian Macchi 200. My fighter direction officer Flt. Lt. Dalton was already in the astro-dome giving me information as to where each fighter was co ....Read More.Matt Poole on 5th August 2014 09:30:11

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