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Liberator BZ887 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator BZ887



GR.V; ex 42-63928; dld Dorval 15.8.43; Gander - Prestwick 19-20.8.43; SAL, Prestwick 20.8.43; Prestwick - Ras-El- Ma 24-25.8.43, arr Karachi 30.8.43; 354 Sqn; dived into ground after taking off from Cuttack 7.10.43; SOC 8.10.43. 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  07 Oct 43 Aircraft Name  Liberator V Serial Number  BZ887
Unit  354 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Cuttack Country  India
Aircrew details Fg Offr Charles Lionel Moody* (122399)
Details Dived into Ground after TO Cuttack. (MPoole) This aircraft was coded "D". Took off in the dark on a shipping escort operation and made one circuit, climbing to about 800 feet. Its navigation lights were then seen to dive suddenly, and it crashed about five miles from the aerodrome. The Lib caught fire immediately, and the entire crew of nine were killed. 122399 F/O Charles Lionel Moody was acting as the screen captain on the flight. He was a member of 160 Sqn's detachment to 354 Sqn. All nine victims are buried in Madras War Cemetery, India.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator V BZ887

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerFrank Vincent BREEN (J/21201) Pilot Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flying OfficerEdmund Holmes BULLIS (J/22235) Navigator Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Pilot OfficerStanley DUBOWSKI (J/24071) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flying OfficerWilliam John FISHER (J/20976) Pilot Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flight SergeantHerbert Ernest MILES (R/130215) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flying OfficerCharles Lionel MOODY (122399) Pilot Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flying OfficerWilliam Keith REDMAN (J/ 23373) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flight SergeantHarry Benjamin SIGEL (R/ 133803) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
SergeantFrederick James TROWER (577838) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator BZ887   1943-10-07354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai


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