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Liberator KG972 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator KG972



B.VI; ex 44-10477; dld Dorval 25.6.44; to India; arr Karachi 5.7.44; 99 Sqn; ran out of fuel while lost and abandoned 10 mls (16 km) N of Bara 16.12.44; SOC 22.6.45. 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  16 Dec 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KG972
Unit  99 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details F Sgt J H Smith
Details One of two 99 Sqn Libs abandoned in flight during an approx. 16 hour formation flying training "Guiness Exercise" to Bombay and back. (The other abandoned Lib was KG881.) KG972's pilot was F/Sgt J.H. "Butch" Smith. In "Survival of the Fortunate", author John McCredie (99 Sqn pilot) wrote that Smith said his navigator got them hopelessly lost in horrendous weather on the return flight. No stars for astro fixes, no radio fixes. When fuel supplies dwindled, a decision to bail out was made. All crewmen survived.
Source Matt Poole


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