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Liberator KH254 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator KH254

B.VI; ex 44-44115; dld Dorval 22.9.44; to India; arr Karachi 3.10.44; 99 Sqn [N]; collided with Liberator KG974 in circuit at Dhubalia 21.1.45; SOC 22.2.45. 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  21 Jan 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KH254
Unit  99 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details Plt Offr Noel Thalman Biccard* (410044)
Details The colliding bombers were not "in circuit at Dhubalia", but instead were 175 miles east-southeast of Dhubalia, where 99 Sqn's Libs were in a formation-forming circuit. They were on a combined op with other RAF Lib squadrons to Kyauktalon on Ramree Island, Burma (south of Akyab, Burma) in support of the British 14th Army's landing at Akyab. Sixteen Libs of 99 Sqn took off between 0530 and 0600 in darkness, with a planned dawn rendezvous to join up in a tight bombing formation at 5000 feet over an island at the northeast corner of the Bay of Bengal at 2248' N, 9048' E. Time of collision between KG974 and KH254: 0706 hrs. Further loss info: The skippers of the two colliding Libs were 1378229 W/O Percy Norman Sayer (KG974, 11-man crew) and 410044 P/O Noel Thalman Biccard RAAF (KH254, 12-man crew).
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KH254

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerNoel Thalman BICCARD (410044) Liberator KH254   1945-01-2199 Sqdn AIR27 BangladeshMaynamati War Cemetery

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