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Liberator KH274 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Liberator KH274

B.VI; ex 44-44145; dld Dorval 1.10.44; to India, arr Karachi 13.10.44; 215 Sqn [H]; shot down by flak 1.1.45; SOC 25.1.45. 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  01 Jan 45 Aircraft Name  Liberator VI Serial Number  KH274
Unit  215 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  
Aircrew details Sqn Ldr Clive Vernon Beadon
Details Crew of 11 piloted by S/Ldr Clive Vernon Beadon DFC (Officer Commanding "A" Flight). Takeoff at 1007 hrs. Per the 215 Sqn ORB, KH274 was hit in the tail by intense light machine gun anti-aircraft fire at Milestone 37 of the Burma-Siam Railway, in Burma (near Shitpyit). Bombs were jettisoned at position 1555' N, 9800' E from 1500 feet at 1620 hrs. The rear gunner, 1357558 Sgt Arthur David Harding, was killed and the rear turret set on fire. After initially using extinguishers, the co-pilot, W/O A. C. Combes, finally put out the fire by beating it with clothing and throwing drinking water on the embers. The aircraft was successfully landed wheels-down at base, despite extensive damage to the tail and rear control surfaces. 215 Sqn pilot Wally Frazer in his book "A Trepid Aviator" wrote, "Nobody complained about being a bit thirsty." Sgt Harding is buried in Grave 8.E.2 at Ranchi War Cemetery, India. The aircraft was reduced to spares (Category II).
Source Matt Poole

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Liberator VI KH274

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantArthur David HARDING (1357558) Air Gunner Liberator KH274   1945-01-01215 Sqdn AIR27 IndiaRanchi War Cemetery

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