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Liberator EV945 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator EV945



GR.VI; ex 42-64326; MCn 29-83; dld Dorval 15.2.44; to India, via Lagens, arr Karachi 17.5.44; 354 Sqn [L]; 'Eight-Ball’ emblem on forward fuselage; believed to have ditched in Indian Ocean, 15.5.45; SOC 11.6.45. 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  15 May 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  EV945
Unit  354 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Ceylon
Aircrew details Flt Lt Franklin A Riffle (J/14340)
Details Aircraft ditched in sea while returning to Ceylon. (MPoole) Hit by flak while cruising over Nicobar Island group, Bay of Bengal, at 1,000 feet. #4 engine dead, #3 burning. Skipper: J/14340 F/Lt Franklin A. Riffle RCAF. At approx. 1030 hrs the Lib ditched 12 - 15 miles west of Ketchal Island in rough seas. Three of the ten men comprising the crew were lost in the ditching, and burn injuries to one airman were incurred when a navigation flame-float ignited and caused the floating gasoline and oil to catch fire. The seven survivors, in a dinghy, made landfall on the northern tip of Ketchall Island at 2000 hrs. Betrayed by natives, the seven were captured and imprisoned in Imperial Japanese Navy custody on Comorta Island. Three died as POWs; their remains lie in Madras War Cemetery. Four were informed in late August that the war was over and were rescued by an Indian sloop on 6 October.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI EV945

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerFrank Albert CASSON (J/95417) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator EV945  Ext Link 1945-08-09354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
Flight SergeantGeorge Herbert DAY (1496430) Liberator EV945   1945-05-15354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Warrant Officer Class IIRobert John KRAMPP (R/197108) Liberator EV945   1945-05-15354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Pilot OfficerJames Arden MILNE (J/94538) Liberator EV945   1945-05-15354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantPeter Arnold RICHARDS (907926) Flight Engineer Liberator EV945  Ext Link 1945-06-30354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai
SergeantEdwin Joseph YOUNG (3000519) Air Gunner Liberator EV945  Ext Link 1945-06-21354 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai


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