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Liberator I AM924
c/n 15; ex 40-2363; TOC St Hubert 23.5.41; St Hubert - Gander 24.5.41; stripped of all equipment to take part in search for the Bismark between Iceland and Greenland 25-26.5.41; equipment re-installed and flew Gander - Squires Gate - Prestwick 28- 29.5.41; SAL, Prestwick 29.5.41 mods for 120 Sqn; conv to Liberator Mk.I Operationally Equipped, with ASV and 20mm cannon; SAL - 120 Sqn [OH:D] 23.8.41; SAL for mods 3.9.41, retd 120 Sqn 15.9.41; first Sqn operation 20.9.41 (with AM928), captain Flt Lt Harrison; combat with Fw 200 Condor 4.10.41 in which AM924 was damaged and returned on three engines; shot down by enemy aircraft 28.5.42 while patrolling Lofoten Is; four crew reached Sweden, two died in attack, one in dinghy; SOC 30.5.42. More information in: The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service by James D. Oughton , John F. Hamlin, Andrew Thomas
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|ORB's v Log Books||Hi Steve,
I came across this when researching my fathers service record, he had been involved in air operations covering 'Operation Myrmidon' on 5 April 1942. His aircraft, Liberator AM924. D/120, was badly shot up by an Arado during the Op which was a proposed commando attack on German installations near Bayonne, they were very lucky to get home, but no mention in his log book of this action, Why? I'll never know. I only discovered he was involved through the squadron ORB.
Peter. ....Read More.||peter on 25th April 2008 10:09:45|
|Liberator AM924 28/05/42 Norway/Sweden||I'm making this post after having contributed to a query on Keypublishing Forum during which it was established there was a query about the same aircraft on this fourm in February 2003 http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=2403&forum=DCForumID6&archive=yes
A good few of the people who responded on the 2003 thread here still visit regularly so I thought they might find it of interest.
Grab a drink, it might take a while!
The loss was 120 Sqdn Liberator AM924, shot down/ditched in an area near the Lofoten Islands off Norway. Crew as follows:-
F/O Walton - evaded
P/O Corkran - evaded
Sgt T J Culnane - died from burns sustained during fire while in escape dinghy
Sgt Pickering - wounded, evaded
Sgt Booker - evaded
F/Sgt E A Allgood - died onboard aircraft during attack by Me109's
Sgt B F Smith - died onboard aircraft during attack by Me109's
The following account comes from Lofotboka - a yearbook for the local Lofoten historical society. There was no name attributed to the article and I've not been able to establish which year it was produced. Some additional details of locations have been added by Morten Moe to assist with making a bit more sense of the geography of it. The article was written in Norwegian and Morten Moe has translated it into English for me.
The aircraft was a Liberator with a seven man crew, serial AM924. It had been on a reconnaissance mission on Tirpitz. After take off from Stornoway in Scotland at 0500 hrs the navigator had led the aircraft safely over the North Sea to the Røst (south of Lofoten) where it turned north towards North Cape. The reconnaissance mission was unsuccessful; they could find no sign of Tirpitz.
On the way back it was decided to cross over the Lofoten islands to search in the West fjord (a large fjord west of Bodø). Suddenly the British airmen became aware of three German Me109's and an air battle commenced over Hellsegga by the notorious Moskenesstraumen current on the southern tip of the Lofoten Islands. The allied aircraft turned west heading for Shetland while it tried to go steadily lower closer to the surface of the sea to avoid the gunfire from the German fighters. AM924 was hit several times and shrapnel and bullets penetrated the hull.
During the first attack, the tail gunner, Brian Smith was killed and John Pickering took his place. He hit one of the German planes but was himself later hit by a bullet in his arm. The third air gunner, Edwin Allgood was also killed during the attack. When the German planes broke off the attack the Liberator continued on its course flying at approx 100m above the sea they discovered that there was a fire in the bomb bay. During the air battle the rudder was damaged too and the aircraft was very difficult to control. Eventually they had to ditch in the sea west of Moskenessøy (the southernmost major island in the Lofoten), and the crew got into the dinghies after having fought their way ....Read More.||Linzee on 16th November 2008 07:46:27|
|Liberator AM924 28/05/42 Norway/Sweden||Just a note to add, Kevin Mears has drawn my attention to the fact that an account of the evasion by the crew of Liberator AM924 has been written by Graham Pitchfork in his book called 'Shot Down & On The Run"
Here is a link to the extract http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EGxzvTDErVEC&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127&dq=rae+walton+120+squadron+liberator&source=web&ots=1KKqFHCc3H&sig=14tWHEXt1Vt4EZ6Bj4H652EDOU8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA133,M1
By the look of the account of both the first and second part of the evasion he has used the details published in the Lofoten yearbook and also the account from the Bejarn yearbook which I was going to post. Since it is covered so well in his book I won't type it all out again.
It certainly is a most amazing story. Pitchforks book looks like a good read too, better put that on my Christmas present list!
Linzee ....Read More.||Linzee on 23rd November 2008 06:08:42|
|Coastal Command May 1942||COASTAL COMMAND
1/. Hudson I - 6(C) OTU - N7206.
1/. Hudson V - 48 Sqn - AM824.
2/. Beaufort I - 5(C) OTU - L9838.
3/. Liberator II - 120 Sqn - AL558.
4/. Blenheim IV - 5(C) OTU - V5799.
4/. Blenheim IV - 254 Sqn - R2779.
4/.Beaufort II - 42 Sqn - AW364.
4/. Hudson V - 53 Sqn - AM530.
4/. Hudson V - 53 Sqn - AM565
4/. Sunderland II - 228 Sqn - T9084.
5/. Hudson V - 233 Sqn - AM575.
6/. Blenheim I - 2(C) OTU - K7091.
6/. Hudson III - 279 Sqn - AE585.
7/.Hudson III - 320 Sqn - V8981.
8/. Beaufighter Ic - 2(C) OTU - T4798.
8/. Hudson V - 53 Sqn - AM540.
8/. Hudson V - 53 Sqn - AM683.
9/. Hudson V - 500 Sqn - AM783.
10/. Spitfire PR.IV - PRU - AB127.
10/. London II - 4(C) OTU - K9683.
11/. Beaufort II - 5(C) OTU - AW357.
11/. Beaufort II - 42 Sqn - AW310.
11/. Beaufort II - 42 Sqn - AW366.
11/. Hudson III - 59 Sqn - V9163.
11/. Hudson V - 59 Sqn - AM852.
14/. Blenheim IV - 1401(Met) Flt - Z7355.
15/. Hudson V - 407( 233 ?)Sqn - AM614.
15/. Hudson V - 407( 233 ?)Sqn - AM679.
15/. Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM864.
15/. Hudson V - 608 Sqn - AM874.
15/. Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM906.
16/. Hudson III - 320 Sqn - AE525.
16/. Hudson V - 407(233 ?)Sqn - AM812.
16/. Hudson V - 53 Sqn - AM521.
16/. Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM865( returned to service ).
17/. Beaufort II - 42 (39 ?) Sqn - AW373.
17/. Beaufort II - 42 (39 ?) Sqn - AW375.
17/. Beaufort II - 42 Sqn - AW383.
17/. Catalina I - 210 Sqn - AH535.
17/. Beaufort II - 86 Sqn - AW367.
17/. Beaufort II - 86 Sqn - AW251.
17/. Beaufort II - 86 Sqn - AW293.
17/. Beaufighter Ic - 235 Sqn - R2269.
17/. Hudson V - 48 Sqn - AM881.
17/. Hudson V - 59 Sqn - AM632.
18/. Beaufort II - 86 Sqn - AW248.
18/. Hudson III - 6(C) OTU - N7343.
19/. Hudson V - 233 Sqn - AM543.
20/. Spitfire cIV - 1PRU - AB129.
22/. Hudson V - 608 Sqn - AM620.
23/. Blenheim IV - 404 Sqn - Z6181.
25/. Hudson V - 1(C) OTU - AM794.
25/. Beaufighter Ic - 235 Sqn - T4667.
26/. Beaufighter VIc - 235 Sqn - T5133.
26/. Blenheim IV - 404 Sqn - Z6245.
27/. Beaufort I - 5(C) OTU - N1023.
27/. Blenheim IV - 1401(Met) Flt - V5568.
27/. Liberator I - 120 Sqn - AM928.
28/. Liberator I - 120 Sqn - AM924.
29/. Hudson III - 320 Sqn - V9122.
29/. Hudson V - 59 Sqn - AM784.
29/. Sunderland II - 228 Sqn - T9089.
30/. Hudson III - 320 Sqn - AM939.
30/. Hudson V - 59 Sqn - AM842.
30/. Hudson V - 407 Sqn - AM650.
31/. Blenheim IV - 143 Sqn - Z6023.
31/. Hudson I - 6(C) OTU - T9279. ....Read More.||Alex Smart on 11th August 2018 07:32:11|