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Liberator II AL581 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator II AL581



c/n 79; TOC Dorval 13.11.41; Dorval - Gander 19.11.41, Gander - Prestwick 22.11.41; SAL, Prestwick 22.11.41; dld ex SAL factory to 48 MU (41 Gp Conv Flt) 5.12.41 for ATA training; allotted 1653 Flt [M] 11.2.42; dld Prestwick - Polebrook 24.2.42 for 1653 CU; 1653 CU - SAL 6.9.42 for mods for 1445 Flt; SAL - Lyneham 1445 Flt 25.10.42; 301 FTU 3.11.42; 1 OADU 20.11.42; arr Salbani 27.11.42. 159 Sqn [O]; FTR from raid on Mingaladon airfield 22.2.43. 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  23 Feb 43 Aircraft Name  Liberator II Serial Number  AL581
Unit  159 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Burma
Aircrew details Wg Cdr Clifford George SKINNER* (29148)
Details (MPoole) First RAF B-24 lost in Burma/India. The pilot was 29148 W/Cdr Clifford George Skinner, C.O. of 159 Sqn. Crew of 9 killed. No known graves. The English language propaganda newspaper "Greater Asia", printed in Rangoon, reported this loss, saying that the Liberator was shot down "on the early dawn of February 23rd". The British, it was written, denied any loss, but the Japanese found the wreckage, bodies, and the ID card of Hubert Brimble McCreery, date of birth 25 Apr 20, issued from the 159 Sqn orderly room on 25 Jan 1943. His rank was given as Sgt Major. [551364 Hubert Brindle McCreery was a F/Sgt.] The bodies of the crew were reportedly buried near the scene of the crash. A photo of one of the oval rudders being examined on the ground after the shootdown was printed in the May 1943 issue of Koku Asahi magazine in Japan. According to the text, this plane was downed during a raid on Rangoon which took place on February 24, 1943. Oddly, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Internet "Debt of Honour Register" gives a 23 Feb death for all AL581 crewmen, with one exception McCreery, who is listed as dying on the 28th.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator II AL581

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantFrederick Merville CHRISTMAS (1164379) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantDavid Phillip DOAK (947752) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantGeoffrey Robert HUMPHRIES (82962) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerCharles Desmond KENWRICK-COX (102113) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Wing CommanderClifford George SKINNER (29148) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantGeorge Norman THOMPSON (109491) Liberator II AL581   1943-02-23159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial


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