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    Does anyone have the Form 1180 for the above? LV346 of 86 Sqn was ditched in 15 ft of water after the engines cut at 600ft following takeoff Thorney Island January 12, 1943. Hoping the Form 1180 indicates a root cause.

    Aircraft was to be salvaged by 49MU - did it fly again?

    For the record, Pilot P/O A W Dungate badly injured, copilot P/O R Harwood killed, Sgt J Murray missing, ? D I Dewar uninjured and Sgt A A Tulip uninjured.

    And... does anyone have the aircraft's squadron and individual codes?

    TIA.

    Robert
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    Hi Robert,

    Air Britain Liberator Book has no history for LV346 after your incident so presume did not fly again. Damage after immersion in fifteen feet of salt water would probably not be worth the effort of repair. And Liberators were notoriously bad at ditching due to the bomb door configuration.
    As to codes, photos of the period show 86 Sqn Liberators with individual code letters only and no squadron code. The squadron was converting to type at the time of the incident.
    regards Peter

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    Hi Peter:

    Thanks for that. Agreed... and just found a later reference in the pilot's paperwork that indicates it was not repairable but would be raised.

    It also states on the included Form 765C that the aircraft lost power at 200ft on approach. The earlier reference to the power loss occurring following takeoff appears to be in error. There was to be a Court of Inquiry but this is not in the pilot-related paperwork.

    Reflecting your note about the squadron's status, it was an "instructional training" flight. It was ditched wheels down, flaps up.

    Regards:

    Robert
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    By way of an update, P/O R Harwood was buried in Liverpool according to CWGC so was evidently found after being declared missing.

    Robert

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