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Liberator KH164 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator KH164



B.VI; ex 44-10729; dld Dorval 27.8.44; to India; arr Karachi 5.9.44; 355 Sqn [Z]; on 5.12.44 two engines cut out and power was lost on the others; crew baled out over Keonjhargarh, Orissa; SOC 10.12.44. 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  05 Dec 44 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KH164
Unit  355 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details F Sgt WG Gilmore
Details Orissa Two engines cut; lost power on others and abandoned, Keonjhargarh, Orissa, 5.12.44 (MPoole) Was on a night cross-country exercise piloted by F/Sgt W.G. Gilmore. Instruction to abandon the aircraft was given at 2230 hrs. All 12 men aboard the Lib successfully bailed out, but 1592607 Sgt Kenneth Hackers, whose parachute entangled in a tree, died in a fall upon releasing himself from his harness. He is buried in Madras War Cemetery, India. The crew, widely scattered, landed in wild, hilly tree-covered country. They reached 355 Sqn in a few days after traveling by elephant, bullock cart, lorry, and train, all the while assisted by local villagers who provided food and guides. Also instrumental in providing accomodations and assistance were J.W. Woodhouse, Esq., the dewan of Kheonjhar State and Rajo Sri Balabhadra Narain Banji Deo, the raja and ruling chief of Kheonjhar State.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KH164

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantKenneth HACKERS (1592607) Air Gunner Liberator KH164   1944-12-05355 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaMadras War Cemetery, Chennai


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