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    Default Liberator Loss, Channel, 7 June 1944

    I have two pilots of 41 Squadron assisting 2 Spitfires and a Warwick of 276 (ASR) Squadron, and a Mosquito of 406 Squadron, after 21:00 on 7 June 1944, to search for the crew of a Liberator, who were located in dinghies about 70 miles from Bolt Head approximately in the coordinate aD45. The Warwick dropped a lifeboat to the men and seven (or nine, depending on the source) crew climbed into it. In due course, a High Speed Launch came out from Salcombe, retrieved them and brought them ashore. 41 Squadron's pilots were back at base at 22:45, so it was very late in the day.

    Can anyone identify this particular aircraft and crew, please?

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    During the night of 6-7 June 1944 there was several battles between Coastal Command aircraft and U-boats leaving their bases in Britanny to attack the allied fleet off Normandy.

    AFAIK three Liberators were lost in this battle: BZ778 of 53 Sqn RAF and BZ915 and BZ942 of 224 Sqn RAF. But as far as I know all three were lost without survivor.

    I have no trace of another RAF Liberator lost this day, so either it was a USAAF crew, or it was not a Liberator crew, or the aircraft was lost the days before and the crew drifted at sea for some time.

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    Hi Steve,

    I am not bale to help you much - no luck on following two links:

    http://www.b24.net/missions/MM060744.htm
    http://www.b24.net/missions/macr.htm

    But here you can find
    http://www.armyairforces.com/Databases/MACR.aspx
    following three MACRs but you need to verify if the location fits:

    Missing Air Crew Reports

    A/C Serial # Date MACR Group Squadron A/C Type
    42-95041 7/6/1944 7496 392 578 B-24
    44-40064 7/6/1944 8199 492 859 B-24
    44-40195 7/6/1944 7234 492 857 B-24

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    The MACRs you quote, are for the 6th of July, 1944!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th April 2011 at 10:00.

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    Steve,

    Not a B-24, but a 381st BG B-17!

    D-Day and beyond.

    French targets were the order for June as the Allied armies strove to expand their foothold in Normandy. Kerlin Bastard airfield was hit on 7 June, but flak crippled Lt Martyniak's "OUR CAPTAIN" (42-97258)* so badly that she had to be ditched north of the Channel Isles. Happily all the crew survived and after transferring from their dinghies to a motorized lifeboat dropped by an RAF Warwick of No.276 Squadron were then located by an Air Sea Rescue (ASR) launch, but not before failure of their own motor and partial engine failure of the ASR launch caused the latter to limp home with the lifeboat in tow.

    * Steve, this serial suspect. That's what it says in the book, other sources disagree. The correct serial is - 42-97238.

    See:
    381st Bomb Group.
    MacKay,Ron.
    Carrollton:Squadron/Signal Publications,1994.
    pp.44-5

    For Martyniak crew, see here:

    http://www.381st.org/History/WarDiaries/534thBS/534thBSApril1944.aspx

    see also June 1944 entry.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th April 2011 at 12:38.

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    Thanks for correction Colin!
    I will never inure to this for me strange American date format:(

    Pavel
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    Thanks Gents, particularly Col, for an identification of the crew in question

    I appreciate you taking the time to respond

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    Steve
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