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 Liberator III FL926



GR.III; ex 41-11627; dld Dorval 7.8.42; dep Dorval 17.8.42; arr Prestwick 19.8.42; SAL, Prestwick, 19.8.42; allotted to 1445 Flt but cancelled; dld 20 MU 2.10.42; 160 Sqn [J] 25.1.43; 301 FTU 20.3.43; ME 1.5.43; India 10.7.43 (still 160 Sqn [J]); FTR from PR operation over Car Nicobar 26.10.43. 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 Oct 43 Aircraft Name  Liberator V Serial Number  FL926
Unit  160 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details Fg Offr Walter Allison Wallace (J/15180)
Details FTR from Nicobar sortie SD by Jap fighters taking off from Nicobar LG. (MPoole) Took off from Sigiriya, Ceylon at 0544. Skipper: J/15180 F/O Walter Allison Wallace RCAF. Last known location (at 1109) was 0910' N, 9245' E. Per Circumstantial Report: "The aircraft was due over the target at 1100/FG and at 1109/FG it transmitted its call sign with one 30 second dash. D/F bearings of these transmissions indicate that the a/c was over the Nicobar Island at that time. Since then there has been no further news. It is believed that the Japanese now have a small number of fighters which they operate from the Car Nicobar landing ground, with an adjacent R.D.F. Station whose range is believed to be in the neighbourhood of 100 miles. It is presumed that the a/c was intercepted by enemy fighters. An aircraft of this Squadron [FL939] was destroyed by enemy action in the same area on 23rd September, 1943." Mention of the FL926 shootdown was printed in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi, per researcher Rick Dunn. The loss has been attributed to Mitsubishi Zeros of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 331 Kokutai (Air Group). The eight crewmen were never officially found and have no known graves.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator V FL926

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantHillyar Raymond CRUST (1253122) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantEdward Bruce GILLESPIE (R/133826) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerCharles William HAMANN (J/16456) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantThomas LECKEY (1023458) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantCyril Raymond MACGREGOR (1271486) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantRoland MORGAN (1187248) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerWalter Allison WALLACE (J/15180) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerHarry Patrick WILLSON (120801) Liberator III FL926 1943-10-26160 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial


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