|15 June 1945, 99 Sqn Liberator casualty query||A fellow researcher from Switzerland, Stefan Zingg, asked me if I knew the serial number of a 99 Squadron Liberator which crashed with battle damage at Mingaladon, Burma (RAF airfield just north of Rangoon) on [B]15 June 1945[/B]. So far, to my surprise, I haven't found it, and it may have slipped through Air Britain's list of serial number/squadron details. Haven't found it on the Oughton book, "The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service" yet, either. But I haven't looked all that hard so far.
Excerpt from "Ninety Degrees East", The Story of the overseas tour of Ninety Nine Squadron from February 1942 to November 1945, by Flight Lietenant S R Hodkinson, Squadron Intelligence Officer:
[I]Then came the attempt of seven aircraft to destroy a 10,000 ton oil tanker off Koh Samoi Island in the Gulf of Siam. They took off in the worst of Monsoon weather and only three reached the target. Flight Lieutenant Ludbey and Flying Officer Parkinson flying together in ‘M’ made two runs without success in face of heavy and accurate flak from the escorting destroyer and returned to base with severe damage. Flying Officer Wheeler in ‘F’ attacked at mast level and was repeatedly hit by flak. His bombs would not release but nose and tail gunners scored strikes on the target. Damaged, they limped to Akyab where the Flight Engineer was killed in crash landing. Pilot Officer Parkin took ‘J’ to the target. On the bombing run the aircraft was repeatedly hit, the starboard tail fin was shot away and the bombs were blown off the racks and considerable damage was done. The Navigator and Air Bomber baled out in the target area. The Navigator unfortunately lost his life, but the Air Bomber was taken prisoner and was released a few months later. Meanwhile the aircraft was flown back to Mingladon, but crashed on landing killing the pilot. This was one of the most disastrous operations to be undertaken by the Squadron.[/I]
The date is [B]15 June 1945[/B], and I do know that F/O Wheeler's Liberator 'F' was [B]KH361[/B]. I do believe that his FE who was killed was [B]1892853 Sgt Albert Arthur Webb[/B].
I'm guessing that the Air Bomber who is mentioned as having baled out, captured, and later released was [B]519898 F/S E. Durtnall[/B], though he isn't listed as being a POW in Les and Pam Stubbs' "Unsung Heroes of the Royal Air Force", which lists all known POWs. Durtnall, Stefan told me, is not in the CWGC Debt of Honour Register. I haven't found the name of the navigator who baled out and lost his life.
SO...ANY TAKERS? 1. What was the serial number of Liberator 'J'? 2. Was [B]Durtnall[/B] the POW? 3. What is the name of his navigator who died?
Matt ....Read More.||Matt Poole on 10th January 2017 04:21:54|
|John Thomas ADAIR 187101 - DFC citation?||[QUOTE=wwrsimon;141040]I've found him in the 9 Sqn ORB, as Navigator to P/O R. J. Harris. Is this 174625 Raymond John Harris, whose D.F.C. was also gazetted on the same day?
Harris was posted from 51 Base in May 1944, and Harris and his crew completed 30 Ops between May and October 1944. Adair was posted to 2 P.D.C. in February 1945.
He lost his life after baling out of a 99 Squadron Liberator that had been badly hit by flak on June 15th 1945.
Re: Adair. Lost from No.99 Sqn Liberator B.VI KH361. Attacking shipping in Gulf of Siam. Aircraft crash-landed at Cox's Bazaar, eight of the crew survived (per: Matt Poole).
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 27th February 2019 04:31:25|