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 Liberator EW319



GR.VI; ex 44-10322; dld Dorval 22.5.44; to India; arr Karachi 2.6.44; 354 Sqn [A]; shot down by flak during anti-shipping strike in the Andaman Sea 26.3.45. SOC 26.4.45. 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  26 Mar 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  EW319
Unit  354 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details Flt Lt William Gordon McRae* (J/6834)
Details AA crashed in Andaman Sea Hit by flak from ship and crashed in Andaman Sea, (MPoole) Surface action at position 1036' N, 9525' E between a force of His Majesty's destroyers and an enemy convoy consisting of two supply ships and two sub-chasers. Two 354 Sqn Liberators, including EW319 "A" captained by J/6834 F/Lt William Gordon McRae RCAF, attacked the larger supply ship, the 1500 ton Risui Maru. Liberator "A" made a direct hit amidships from a height of 50 feet in the face of intense antiaircraft fire, and within a few minutes the ship sank. The aircraft sustained damage and crashed into the sea. Only two of eleven crewmen from EW319 survived (Sgt B.G. Radford and Sgt R. Roberts); they were picked up by the Royal Navy's HMS Sumarez and later admitted to 35th British General Hospital at Colombo with abrasions. The missing have no known graves. An appreciation of this attack, and 354 Sqn's 21 March action, was received from the A.O.C. of 222 Group: "From A.O.C. and whole of 222 Group. Congratulations on attack 21st March and especially on fine success March 26th. Both strikes show great keenness by all crews searching out and attacking the enemy. The determination and complete disregard of odds by A/354 in sinking 1500 ton merchant vessel is a fine example of your Squadron's spirit. Please accept our deepest sympathy for loss of crew."
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI EW319

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantAlexander Peter CAMPBELL (R/163475) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerIrving LINDZON (J/42510) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantJack Samuel McIVER (R/277937) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantWilliam Gordon McRAE (J/6834) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantGordon PARKER (1685728) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerHarry PARKER (J/43687) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerWilliam Andrew Boyd PAYNE (J/41431) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerEdward Walter POLLARD (J/43686) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantCyril John SLATER (156021) Liberator EW319   1945-03-26354 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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F/O M McIver and F/O B G McIver both RCAF Navigator in 106 SquadronHello, Re: R/277937 Sgt Jack Samuel McIVER RCAF: 26-3-1945 No.354 Sqn Liberator GR.VI EW319 "A" Aircraft "A" attacked and sank the 1500 ton Japanese Supply ship "RISUI MARU". "A" sustained damage and crashed into the Andaman Sea. Only two survivors. Both picked up by HMS SUMAREZ and later admitted to 35th British General Hospital at Colombo with abrasions. J/6834 F/L (Capt/Pilot) William Gordon McRAE RCAF + J/41431 P/O (2nd Pilot) William Andrew Boyd PAYNE RCAF + 156021 F/L (Sqn. Nav. Off.) Cyril John SLATER (F.R.Met.S.) RAFVR + J/42510 F/O (Nav.) Irving LINDZON RCAF + J/43686 F/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Edward Walter POLLARD RCAF + J/43687 F/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Harry PARKER RCAF + R/163475 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Alexander Peter CAMPBELL RCAF + 1817836 Sgt (WOM./Air Gnr.) R ROBERTS RAFVR - Survived 1685728 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Gordon PARKER RAFVR + R/277937 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Jack Samuel McIVER RCAF + 578329 Sgt (FME./Air Gnr.) R G RADFORD RAF - Survived The dead are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. With due acknowledgement: http://www.rquirk.com/354oper/354history.pdf (see: pp.232-3 & 242). http://www.rafcommands.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/Data/9716.txt and... http://www.rquirk.com/RAFLiberators/Oughton/OUGHTON Lib book NOTESVer1.pdf (see: p.57 of 90) Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 7th May 2012 02:36:15


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