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Liberator EV867 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator EV867



B.VI; ex 42-64224; dld Dorval 9.1.44; dep Dorval 20.1.44, via Lagens, arr Karachi 29.1.44; 159 Sqn; FTR from bombing raid 30.8.44; SOC 7.9.44. 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 Aug 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  EV867
Unit  159 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details Fg Offr Quentin Garden* (88614)
Details 88614 F/O Quentin Garden (pilot) and his 7 crewmates took off in EV867 at 1502 hrs on an op to mine Port Blair harbor, South Andaman Island, off the west coast of Burma. Missing, no known graves. The operation was timed to be carried out immediately after dark at 2000 hrs local time, making maximum use of the moon (in its first quarter). Intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was experienced over the target area. At 2007 aircraft "D" observed a large reddish orange explosion believed to be over land, in the air, and at low altitude just north of Chatham Island. It looked like an aircraft exploding. At the same time aircraft "S" saw a similar explosion in the same area, but described it looking like an exploding 2000 pound bomb. At 2006 "H", approaching Port Blair Bay from the west, observed a large red flash lasting two or three seconds, seen low down, believed on the water in the Flat Bay area. Only EV867 failed to return. The official conclusion: it was considered that EV867 received a direct hit from A.A. when in the vicinity of Chatham Island (Port Blair) and either exploded in midair or on the ground. However, W/Cdr James Blackburn, 159 Sqn's C.O., considered the evidence and believed the explosion witnessed was almost certainly due to a mine falling on land. Info subsequently received from a secret source of fair reliability reported that an aircraft was shot down in the Andamans on this night. No info was received regarding survivors, if any. One document in the RAAF casualty file of 411604 W/O Victor William Arthur Pivott notes "Lost at Sea". The US serial, 42-64224, is legible on surviving photos, and it matches Oughton's book.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI EV867

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerQuentin GARDEN (88614) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantLeonard HALL (1532286) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantJohn KING (1804662) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Pilot OfficerClifford Ernest LOCKWOOD (184464) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerClifford ROBINSON (151549) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantKenneth TOWERS (1494991) Liberator EV867   1944-08-28159 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial


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