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 Liberator AM260



c/n 3; ex 40-693; TOC St Hubert 25.3.41; ex St Hubert - Gander 28.3.41 but held by bad weather; Gander - Squires Gate 5.4.41; DGRD Heston 6.4.41; retd to St Hubert 4.5.41 after considerable cracking was found in tail unit; tail section taken off AM915 and fitted to AM260; on RFS from 8.6.41; crashed on night take-off from Ayr 14.8.41; swung off runway, crossed airfield without power reduction and crashed into hut and perimeter banking; all 22 on board killed, including Arthur Purvis, Chairman of British Supply Commission in North America; accident deemed "inexplicable" by BOAC witnesses. More information in: The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service by James D. Oughton , John F. Hamlin, Andrew Thomas

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator AM260

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
First OfficerElbert Beard ANDING () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
Radio OfficerRichard COATES () Navigator Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
Radio OfficerJoseph CULBERT () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
Flight EngineerRoland Folford DAVIS () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
CaptainMurray Benjamin (Jnr.) DILLEY () Flight Engineer Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
Radio OfficerRobert Arnold DUNCAN () Pilot Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
CaptainAlton Chester EARLE () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
Radio OfficerWesley Francis J. GODDARD () Navigator Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
CaptainEdward C. HAMEL () Air Gunner Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United States of AmericaNew York City Brooklyn Greenwo
Radio OfficerDonald Norman HANNANT () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
CaptainGerald HULL () Pilot Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
CaptainJohn Joseph KERWIN () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United States of AmericaHayward (Holy Sepulchre) Catho
First OfficerPhilip Francis LEE () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
Radio OfficerJohn Joseph MACDONALD () Pilot Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
CaptainJames John MOFFAT () Air Gunner Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
Radio OfficerGlenwood McKAY () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
Radio OfficerAlbert TAMBLIN () Air Gunner Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire
First OfficerWalter Lee TRIMBLE () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
First OfficerEarl Wellington WATSON () Pilot Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery
First OfficerMartin Joseph WETZEL () Liberator AM260  Archive Post 1941-08-14ATA United KingdomCambridge American Cemetery

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W/C Ring, RAF BensonI shall be keenly interested in any more information that comes to light, assuming this is your man: RING, F/L Spencer Leonard (39031) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Photographic Development Unit, Heston - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 30 July 1940. Born in Regina, 20 September 1910; home there; married in UK. Appointed Acting Pilot Officer on Probation, RAF, 24 August 1938. Served with No.12 Squadron, 2 September 1939 to 21 February 1940; with PDU, 21 February to 27 December 1940. Subsequent career uncertain, although he appears to have been with Ferry Command, March to July 1941, delivering B-17 AN522 (April-May 1941), Liberator AM260 (June 1941), Liberator AM262 (June 1941) and Hudson AM762 (June 1941). Specifically listed in AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941 as a Canadian in the RAF who had been decorated as of that date. Air Ministry Bulletin 1251 refers. No citation other than "for gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations". Originally recommended 14 July 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/6085 (Non-Immediate Awards, 1940-1941) has recommended citation: This officer has carried out over twenty operational flights from Heston and several from bases in France. All were undertaken in unarmed, single-engined aircraft without W/T at very great altitudes often in bad weather. His success is due to his skill and determination as a pilot. RING, W/C Spencer Leonard (39031) - Air Medal (United States) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944. ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 5th January 2013 07:11:49
National Archives FeesI sometimes wish it was still called the Public Records Office, then at least we could hit them with a stick and point out the word Public. Jumping into bed with Ancestry and Find My Past has probably not helped, yes it got files digitised, but at what cost? Having been able to visit in person on many occasions I have waited until my list of wanted files has grown to the point I could justify a trip on the first train of the day for a visit in person and copy what I wanted in a single day. But the charges for remote research are getting too much for the average researcher, I know that the Ministry of Justice have had their budget cut and cut again but inflating charges to the point where it will put off remote research for all but the well funded (ie by someone else) is just plain silly as they will end up with even less revenue and so beings the vicious circle. The same has been happening in regional archives for some time as well, they are charging for people to use their own cameras after realising that the revenue from photocopying had gone down (usually after prices for that went up). Some charge a reasonable amount as a fee which if you are copying several items can be justified but others were just rediculous. The worst was about 30 for a day, the best about 6. The RAFM joined that bandwagon, their charge is 6 (including VAT, that's a whole different rant) which if you can copy a couple of hundred 1180s or 78s is worth it as the printing can be a lot more than that, as I have done on my very irregular visits. At least the staff there are very helpful and seem genuinely interested in what you are researching, I have spent plenty of time chatting about research with their staff. PNK, I know what you mean about terrible reflections on photos, now that the preservation team at TNA have been putting photos into plastic sleaves it has got even worse, and you can't even get the photos out of the sleaves (usually the tag has been put in in such as way to prevent it and if it hasn't been then security shout at you). The best I encountered last time I was there was a map which had been folded so the detail was on the inside so all that could be seen in the protective sleave was a slightly yellowed piece of paper, what's the point in that, we can't even see what is on the record anymore (it's in the AVIA 5 report for Liberator AM260 if anyone is interested). When they were wrapped in tissue paper you could use that paper to eliminate the glare from the lights but now I tend to end up trying to use the foam blocks as shades to cut out the worst of the light but still get some glare and enormous shadows instead of the more diffuse light that thin tissue paper was excellent for giving. ....Read More.alclark on 5th January 2016 07:41:53


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