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Liberator KH252 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator KH252



B.VI; ex 44-44113; dld Dorval 23.9.44; to India; arr Karachi 7.10.44; 159 Sqn [S]; 358 Sqn [X]; flew into ground in bad weather near Feni, East Bengal, 13.6.45; SOC 21.6.45. 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  13 Jun 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KH252
Unit  358 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  India
Aircrew details WO Geoffrey Edwin Staines* (1541974)
Details Ac crashed into ground returning from sortie near Fenni in badweather (MPoole) The 358 Sqn ORB noted that KH252 took off from Jessore at 1133 hrs. Info was received from Group HQ that KH252 crashed near Feni, East Bengal at approx. 0030 hrs on 13 June. Total loss burned out. Of the eight 358 Sqn crewmen and one passenger (a USAAF photographer, Cpl. MacFarlane), six were killed on the 13th, including 1541974 W/O Geoffrey Edwin Staines (skipper) and the American. Three more injured were hospitalized in Comilla, two seriously. One, 1805742 F/Sgt Stanley Hinds (2nd pilot), died on 14 June. The cause of the accident was not known at the time. The deceased RAF airmen are buried in Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh. The CWGC's Internet "Debt of Honour Register" lists four of the deceased as 356 Sqn members, not 358. It was definitely a 358 loss.
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KH252

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantGeoffrey Samuel CROSSE (1399835) Air Gunner Liberator KH252   1945-06-13356 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn Edward EDE (166160) Air Bomber Liberator KH252   1945-06-13358 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery
Flight SergeantStanley HINDS (1805742) Pilot Liberator KH252   1945-06-14358 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery
SergeantJohn Lawrence HUMPHREYS (1418118) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Liberator KH252   1945-06-13356 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery
Flight SergeantDonald ROSE (1418696) Navigator (Bomber) Liberator KH252   1945-06-13356 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery
Warrant OfficerGeoffrey Edwin STAINES (1541974) Liberator KH252   1945-06-13356 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery


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