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Liberator KG973 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator KG973

B.VI; ex 44-10478; dld Dorval 22.6.44; to India; air Karachi 4.7.44; 99 Sqn; collided with Liberator EW286 during formation practice off Tavoy Point, Burma, 3.12.44; SOC 11.12.44. 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  03 Dec 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KG973
Unit  99 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details Fg Offr George Ernest Jones* (J/85027)
Details The collision did not occur "during formation practice"; it was over water close to Tavoy Point, Burma during the inbound stage of a bombing op to the rail station at Hnong Pladuk, Siam. Discrepancy in crash site location: The Oughton book entry for EW286, pg 171, gives one Lat/Long (1332' N, 9800' E), while the 99 Sqn ORB gives a slightly different coordinate (1340' N, 9754' E). Both are over water close to Tavoy Point, Burma. Further info: All 22 airmen aboard the two Liberators died (11 per aircraft). The collision occurred at 1527 hrs at 10,500 ft. The pilot of KG973 was J/85027 F/O George Ernest Jones RCAF
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KG973

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerGeorge Ernest JONES (J/85027) Liberator KG973   1944-12-0399 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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