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    Default Liberator AM929, 231 Sqn, 9 April 1945

    Morning all,

    was hopeing to clear up this aircraft crew/passenger compliment from the entry in Carl Christie's book Ocean Bridge. He gives in his appendix that a civilian on the ground was killed and 'two passengers' when the aircraft crashed after take off at St Simone, Quebec.

    This link gives a partial list of those on board from what I can make out.
    http://www.warbirdinformationexchang...ic.php?p=60115

    Pilot - G. I. Voorhees was an American civilian
    2nd Pilot - D. J. Mitchell was also an American civilian
    Navigator - C3680 Flight Lieutenant M. S. Ferguson, R.C.A.F.
    *Flight Engineer - 937161 L. W. Smith (no rank given)
    Radio Officer - E. A. Hunt was a Canadian civilian
    1301067 L. A. C. E. J. Ready was a Finance Clerk
    71775 A. E. Colato (no rank given) was also a Finance Clerk

    As for fatalities, I can only find this one using Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948 on ancestry.com

    F/O Joseph HALL 54453 RAF, General Duties Branch
    Which states: F/O Hall was a passenger on aircraft Liberator AM929 which crashed at St Simone, near St Hyacinthe, Quebec whilst on a flight to the United Kingdom.

    I believe that the Flight Engineer was actually
    Flight Sergeant Leonard William Smith 937181

    Who was on Liberator KK295 which belly landed in Ireland two months previous. The serial numbers look like a transcription error.

    Who might the pilot have been, I can see a Glen I Voorhees around that time but I don't think he was flying with 45 Group.

    Co pilot I surmise might be a David J Mitchell who was travelling back and forth around that time.
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    I finally found, manually I may add, so much for searching an Ottowa Citizen April 10th, 1945, news report that two were killed on the aircraft, and one on the ground.

    The ground casualty was: R Plouffe, 35, of St Barnabe, was killed while trying to get to the burning aircraft. Electricity wires brought down by the aircraft caused his death.

    The new report says that there were seven crew on the aircraft and 11 passengers.

    And a French Language article from the newspaper Le Canada
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2188%2C5453552
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    Good old ancestry.com and their newspapers, The Lethbridge Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) April 11th, 1945

    the other death was Douglas C Morrison, 24, passenger control officer with RAF Transport Command. He was from Montreal, and had servied two tours with Bomber COmmand as a Sergeant Air Gunner. His brother Guy Morrison was serving with the RCN.
    Dennis Burke
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