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 Liberator AM262

c/n 5; ex 40-700; TOC St Hubert 1.5.41; used by ATFERO as trainer; to RFS; first service St Hubert - Gander - Prestwick 26.5.41 and returned Ayr - St Hubert 29.5.41; found to have serious cracking in tail unit - report 7.6.41 (see also AM260); repaired; to Ferry Command 18.7.41; to BOAC 24.9.41 but remained on RFS until 30.12.41 when mechanical trouble at Gander forced return to Dorval; retd to service eastbound 15.2.42 with 16 flights up to westbound 19.8.42; had been requested by AM for 1425 Flt 23.4.42 but retained on RFS; retd to Dorval on 3 engines 24.9.42, test flown from 21.4.43; resumed service eastbound 6.5.43; Dorval - Washington 24.5.43, - Gander 26.5.43, - Prestwick 27.5.43; regd G-AGHG to BOAC (originally allocated to AM920 21.5.43); CoR (9439) issued 8.6.43; CoA (6979) issued 10.6.43; began regular Russian service same day, via Cairo, Teheran and Astrakhan to Moscow; Prestwick - Meeks - Dorval 26.7.43 and retd to RFS from 5.8.43; CoA lapsed 9.6.44; retd to RAF as AM262 9.44; made 1000th RFS crossing of North Atlantic 5.9.44 westbound; to 45 Group for FCCS (231 Sqn) 11.9.44; to Mexico 13-18.9.44; carried Admiral Fraser from Dorval to Sydney 11.12.44 via San Francisco, Honolulu and Fiji; on return to Honolulu lost two engines and returned to Sydney on epic 10-hour two-engined flight; re-engined with four Beaufort-type Twin Wasps with smaller propellers; left for Dorval 15.2.45 and arrived (on three engines) 20.2.45; regn cancelled 1.1.46 at census; examination resulted in write-off; to BOAC for cannibalisation 7.1.46; RTP 30.5.46. More information in: The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service by James D. Oughton , John F. Hamlin, Andrew Thomas

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