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 Liberator EV846



B.VI; ex 42-64151; dld Dorval 16.12.43; dep Dorval 21.12.43, via Lagens, arr Karachi 30.12.43; 1673 HCU [S]; 358 Sqn 8.11.44; crashed on overshoot at Kolar during night-flying training 23.11.44; crew of five killed; SOC 25.11.44. 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  23 Nov 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  EV846
Unit  358 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details F Sgt Forbes Porter* (425353)
Details Kolar Crashed on overshoot, Kolar, 23.11.44. (MPoole) Per Court of Inquiry (documents held by the National Archives of Australia), EV846 was involved in 6 Refresher Flying Unit training when the crash occurred. Further loss info: Airborne at 2026 hrs on solo night circuits and landing practice. At about 2045 hrs the Liberator made an approach to land but it appeared that a problem with No. 4 engine had swung the aircraft to starboard. In response, the pilot aborted the landing and opened the engines at about 150 feet height, deciding to go round again instead of continuing with the landing. He held the Lib straight and climbed for some time; control at this point seemed satisfactory, as if three engines were functioning. The undercarriage was raised (proving that No. 3 engine was then running and working the hydraulics), but an analysis of the wreckage suggested that No. 4 engine failed and No. 3 engine was feathered by mistake. From that point the aircraft gained no more height and only did starboard turns, opposite to a normal circuit. The turn to the south away from the runway was probably involuntary and the result of feathering the wrong engine. In the excitement the pilot forgot about the position of the hills and then took desperate action to avoid them, resulting in a loss of height and misjudging of height which proved fatal. For about 1000 yards before crashing the Liberator had been only 10 15 feet above ground and flying on a slight swing to starboard. The aircraft struck trees, broke up, and burst into flames. 425353 F/Sgt Forbes Porter RAAF (skipper) and his four crewmates were killed and are buried in Madras War Cemetery, India.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI EV846

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantCharles Victor GARSIDE (338237) Navigator Liberator EV846 1944-11-23358 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
SergeantMaurice Trevor JONES (2203147) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator EV846 1944-11-23358 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flying OfficerJohn McHARDY (55610) Air Bomber Liberator EV846 1944-11-23358 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flight SergeantForbes PORTER (425353) Liberator EV846 1944-11-23358 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flight SergeantJohn William WHITE (430197) Liberator EV846 1944-11-23358 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai


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