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 Liberator KG986



GR.VI; ex 44-10651; dld Dorval 18.8.44; to UK, arr Prestwick 28.8.44; SAL, Prestwick 28.8.44; to Lockheed, Renfrew 30.8.44; SAL, Prestwick, 28.9.44; allocated to India 3.10.44; 203 Sqn; during first operation from Kankesanturai, a shipping strike on 20.3.45, was hit by flak and crashed in sea off Delehleh, Sumatra; SOC 29.3.45. 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  20 Mar 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KG986
Unit  203 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details Flt Lt Shirley William Morris (J/22813)
Details More precisely, KG986 crashed into the ocean off the island of Peunasu (now identified locally as Deudap), following a low-level shipping attack on Delehleh at the northern tip of Sumatra. A burst of anti-aircraft fire had exploded underneath the aircraft. Three men reached the shore of Peunasu Island. Allegedly one unnamed airman died there and was buried on the beach. Also, allegedly, the two other airmen were captured: J/22813 F/Lt Shirley William Morris RCAF (Pilot) and 1894482 F/Sgt Eric Peters (F/Eng). The story goes that they were captured by the Japanese, sent to Singapore, and then to the Japanese Army Air Force's 9th Air Division at Palembang. A post-war investigation was carried out, but the ultimate fates of the men is a mystery. Officially all 10 crewmen are missing, with no known graves.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KG986

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantWilfred Arthur COLLINS (1312970) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flying OfficerLouis Mary Joseph GRANT (153776) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantAngus Forrest HERD (1829311) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantAlexander Murdock LANG (1120910) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantErnest Edward LEFTWICH (1337779) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight LieutenantShirley William MORRIS (J/22813) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
SergeantDennis Clifford OAKDEN (1895383) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantEric PETERS (1894482) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial
Flight SergeantJohn Douglas SILKSTONE (1318346) Liberator KG986   1945-03-20203 Sqdn AIR27 SingaporeSingapore Memorial

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