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Liberator BZ885 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator BZ885



GR.V; ex 42-63926; dld Dorval 14.8.43; Gander - Prestwick 19-20.8.43; SAL, Prestwick 20.8.43; Prestwick - Ras-El- Ma 24-25.8.43, arr Karachi 30.8.43; 160 Sqn [L]; dived into ground after taking off from Sigiriya 7.12.43; SOC 31.3.44. 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  07 Dec 43 Aircraft Name  Liberator V Serial Number  BZ885
Unit  160 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Ceylon
Aircrew details Fg Offr Douglas Gordon Davie* (130997)
Details (MPoole) BZ885: Further loss info: Airborne 0520 on an anti-sub search. Crashed two minutes later. The takeoff was normal, but at 600 feet the aircraft, in a starboard turn, dove into the jungle and burned out. Per the 160 Sqn ORB, depth charges exploded, but the diary of 160 Sqn member Les Dawson gives a slightly different report: "7th December. 'L' crashed on take off killing all the crew including my friend 'Fergie' [R/131186 W/O II Alan Egerton Ferguson (W/Op/AG) RCAF]. We went to the crash site to help with the bodies and live ammo was exploding all around us and the depth charges were still smouldering. Funerals took place the next day." All eight crewmen (Skipper 130977 F/O Douglas Gordon Davie) are buried in Kandy War Cemetery, Sri Lanka.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator V BZ885

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Warrant Officer Class IIEwen Cameron CURRIE (R/124726) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Flying OfficerDouglas Gordon DAVIE (130977) Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class IIArchie Earl FERGUSON (R/131186) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Flight SergeantDennis KIRK (578166) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class IIWilford Clay LOVE (R/125492) Pilot Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Warrant OfficerRoy William MACDONALD (R/85926) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Flying OfficerKenneth Frederick PERERA (J/14652) Navigator Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery
Warrant Officer Class IIGeorge Michael Frederick STOCKWELL (R/129291) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ885   1943-12-07160 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaKandy War Cemetery


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