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Liberator EV863 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator EV863

GR.VI; ex 42-64220; MCN 29-46; to W Africa; arr 16.2.44; 200 Sqn [U]; moved to India 3.44; 354 Sqn [J]; ran out of fuel and ditched 175 mls SSE of Cuttack 23.4.45; SOC 26.5.45. 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 Apr 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  EV863
Unit  354 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details Flt Lt Lloyd Elwin Taylor(J/27799)
Details Ran out of fuel and ditched, 175m SSE of Cuttack. (MPoole) EV863 went missing on 22 April 1945, not the 23rd, per "Burma Liberators" by John R.W. Gwynne-Timothy. He based much of his book upon RAF Liberator squadron ORBs, so presumably his information came directly from the 354 Sqn ORB. Gwynne-Timothy lists the names of the five men who perished in the ditching, and for each the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Debt of Honour Register gives a 22 April 1945 date of death. Further loss info: On 22 April three Liberators carried out an anti-shipping sweep from Moulmein to Kalegauk Island, Burma. All the aircraft attacked and severely damaged a coaster south of Amherst, Burma. The vessel's steering gear was put out of action and the crew jumped overboard. Aircraft "J", EV863, failed to return to base. A faint SOS was heard by a station in south India, and a two-day search by aircraft and surface craft succeeded in locating wreckage and five survivors at 1825' N, 8801' E, 200 miles southeast of Cuttack, India. An Air/Sea Rescue Catalina landed and picked up the survivors, who were suffering from exposure and injuries. It was learned from the survivors that all four engines of EV863 had cut out, and the aircraft was ditched immediately. J/27799 F/Lt. Lloyd Elwin Taylor RCAF (skipper), the navigator, and three air gunners perished and have no known graves.
Source Matt Poole
Date of Crash  23 Apr 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator GR.VI Serial Number  EV863
Unit  354 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Far East/Bay of Bengal
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

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