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 Liberator BZ992



B.VI; ex 42-64088; dld Dorval 29.11.43; via Azores to India, arr Karachi 17.12.43; 159 Sqn [E] Earthquake McGoon; emblem of 'prehistoric' man holding bomb on forward fuselage with name and four-leafed clover; FTR from raid on Burma/Siam railway 6.10.44; SOC 10.10.44. 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  06 Oct 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  BZ992
Unit  159 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Burma
Aircrew details WO Leo Arthur Barr (417002)
Details Missing from attack on Siam-Burma railway . (MPoole) Takeoff 0001hrs. Detailed to attack Bangkok-Chiang Mai railway targets in daylight at low level. At approximately 0615 hrs ground fire from the defense of Ban Dara Bridge, Siam ignited the aircraft. The skipper, 417002 W/O Leo Arthur Barr RNZAF, gained height to about 800 feet and five, including W/O Barr, were able to bail out and land safely. The other four members either died in the aircraft or in the resultant crash; they have no known graves. Local villagers turned the five survivors over to the local police, with no ill treatment. Japanese soldiers tried to persuade the Thai police to turn over the prisoners, but in the confusion of a Liberator attack the police spirited the airmen to safety. Turned over to the Siamese army on 7 Oct, the men were sent to internment in Bangkok where they were released on 20 August 1945. They were treated well in Thai custody
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI BZ992

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantJohn Arthur NELSON (423854) Liberator BZ992 1944-10-06159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn Squire RATCLIFFE (1894746) Liberator BZ992 1944-10-06159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant OfficerClive Symes SWAN (416627) Liberator BZ992 1944-10-06159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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Liberator serial BZ978My source is the recent Air Britain "The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service" by James Oughton, John Hamblin and Andrew Thomas. It gives a complete (as far as is known) individual history of all such aircraft. A must-buy for all B-24 enthusiasts. I only needed to look at a few pages.... but some queries just light up the curiosity. However, I repeat that it does specifically state that the sequence of MCns did not always align with the serials. B.VIs would not wear Coastal Command camouflage - those were GR Mk.VIs. If the photo was taken in the Azores, that was not BZ989, because she was delivered via Prestwick. BZ988 Dorval - Sydney 22.12.43, Sydney - Gander 25.12.43, Gander - Lagens 27.12.43 via Azores (isn't Lagens the capital of the Azores?),Lagens - Rabat Sale 28.12.43. BZ990, dld Dorval 28.11.43; via Azores, arr Karachi 12.12.43 BZ992 ditto, arr Karachi 17.12.43 BZ993 dld Dorval 2.12.43, Via Azores to ME arr Cairo 12.5.44 BZ996 via Prestwick BZ997 dld Dorval 1.12.43, via Lagens, arr Karachi 16.12.43 BZ998 via Prestwick Others in the same period via Lagens: EV812, 815 28.11.43; 813 16.12; 814 1.12; 817 5.12 and so on. Alex: does EW126 fit in this sequence? EW229 was 30-245, EW157 was 30-186, EW113 was 30-142, KG920 was 30-334, 922 was 336, 923 was 337, 924 was 338. 967 was 358, KH166 was 410, 283 was 477, That's all I can find. Later B Mk.VIs were in the 43-xxx sequence, and they were definitely not linked to serials. Sequential RAF serials from KL481 are 43 -60,35,48,39,33,51..... That these were Lend-Lease aircraft may be relevant. Annoyingly, it seems that all the OD-painted aircraft seem to have retained the 30-xxx number in service, there are some tantalising photos with MCns partially visible, or just unclear. ....Read More.Graham Boak on 1st July 2008 04:56:01


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