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Liberator BZ962 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator BZ962

B.VI; ex 42-64059; dld Dorval 6.11.43; Dorval - Gander 19.11.43, Gander - Prestwick 20.11.43; SAL 20.11.43; "SNAKE"; Prestwick - Lyneham 24.11.43, Lyneham - Rabat Sale 26.11.43, Rabat - Cairo West 26-27.11.43, Cairo - Habbaniya 27.11.43, arr Karachi 28.11.43; 159 Sqn [D] Daring Diana 18.12.43; FTR from raid on Mahlwagon, Rangoon, 29.2/1.3.44, shot down nr Rangoon together with BZ926; SOC 2.3.44. 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  29 Feb 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator V Serial Number  BZ962
Unit  159 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Burma
Aircrew details F Sgt Allan Arnold* (420112)
Details SD over Rangoon (MPoole) BZ962 was the first of two 159 Sqn Liberators (the second being BZ926) shot down by Hiroshi Takiguchi and Bunichi Yamaguchi, Ki-43 Oscar fighter pilots of the Japanese Army Air Force's 204th Sentai (Flying Regiment). The Oscars, attacking from behind BZ962 (one 500 meters above the other), had been working in cooperation with the searchlights. BZ962 exploded at low altitude and scattered wreckage near Ledaunggan village several miles south of Rangoon. All nine crewmen died (including 420112 F/Sgt Allan Arnold, RAAF, skipper). Seven sets of remains were buried by villagers, exhumed in 1952 by the British, and reburied in separate unnamed graves in Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator V BZ962

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantAllan Edward ARNOLD (420112) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantDesmond Riversdale Anthony BURGESS (1659085) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantArthur Robert BURN (1319428) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantStanley William CHALCRAFT (1807507) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerBernard CLIFTON (50589) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Pilot OfficerMichael Ludlow DAVIS (J/86883) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantJohn Henry Starmer LEAK (1682798) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantCharles Alfred George PLANK (1435434) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantAnsel Ernest Blackburn STOUT (771563) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerVictor Ernest WHITEHALL (1262742) Liberator BZ962   1944-02-29159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

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Unknown Airmans grave? or is it?Nick, The key evidence you seek should be found in the brief "Graves Concentration Report" written by the graves registration unit which exhumed the airmen's remains for reburial in the war cemetery. The problem is that even if the CWGC admits to having this report, they probably won't let you know of its content...without you putting up a stink, that is. BUT IT IS POSSIBLE. I lucked out in a very similar case, after a protracted battle. In 1993 at Rangoon War Cemetery a fellow traveler, by pure coincidence, happened upon 7 graves in a row, each identified as "An Airman of the 1939-1945 War, Royal Air Force, 29th February 1944, Known Unto God". My mom's first husband, Sgt George Plank, was one of 12 missing 159 Squadron Liberator airmen who had been shot down on that leap year night (Liberators BZ926 and BZ962), so I suspected that these graves very well might be 7 of the 12, if not 7 of the 9 missing men from BZ962, George's Lib. Officially these 12 men were missing, and each bomber's wreckage had never been located. I wrote to the CWGC. I was told that they had no records whatsoever which could prove any connection between the 7 "unknowns" and the 159 Squadron missing from 29 Feb '44. Armed with more evidence, I tried again five years later, and this time the Director-General (no longer with the CWGC) claimed that a Graves Concentration Report (GCR) for BZ962 crew remains had just been located. It identified the map grid coordinates and village names for the two locations, about 1700 yards apart, where local villagers had buried 7 crewmen from BZ962 after their 29 Feb '44 shootdown. The direct link to BZ962 was made. But the Director-General said he couldn't provide a copy of the report, or more details. I persisted. He provided more details but said he was bound by MoD guidelines and couldn't release more. I pestered him again, and he provided another tidbit. But that was it, he said, bound, as he was, by MoD guidelines. I called upon an influential contact, a then-active Air Chief Marshal who has since retired. He used his influence to cut through the red tape like butter, and in no time I was sent a photocopy of the actual GCR! It contained some further valuable evidence that the CWGC had chosen to withhold from me. My sincere apologies, but I think I must keep the ACM's name out of this, as it was a huge personal favor to me from an extremely busy man, and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to mention him by name. However, if this approach worked for me, perhaps it will work for you. I recommend not just contacting your MP, but finding senior RAF or RCAF officers who might have some influence in winning the release of this most basic information. Maybe someone reading this can put you in touch with a high-ranking officer, active or retired?? As usual, this game that the UK plays with its secrecy is absurd. I know that many GCRs for Australian prisoners on the Burma-Siam Death Railway w ....Read More.Matt Poole on 17th March 2008 02:33:20

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