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    This is rather vague but have been informed by the son of Ferry Command pilot George Insley Bliss that his father "...crashed a B-24 Liberator someplace in Canada in a snowstorm." This would have been after the beginning of 1943. Any ideas on the aircraft identity and circumstances?
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    Hi Robert,

    I suppose it was Liberator AL591 on 9.2.43 crashed near Gander airfield when returning from UK, 19 killed, 2 survived. But noone with such a surname like Bliss.

    From Christie - Ocean Bridge

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    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 5th June 2008 at 21:41. Reason: correcte AL595 to AL591
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    'The Liberator In Royal Air force And Commonwealth Service'. - J D. Oughton. Gives the Liberator that crashed in Gander on 9 February 1943 as AL591, the aircraft ran out of fuel and crash-landed in a blizzard with severe icing conditions.

    Liberator AL595 crashed on 6 November 1942 on approach to Lynham. The aircraft was SOC on that day.

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    Last edited by peter; 5th June 2008 at 23:00. Reason: Correction to date

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    Oopps sorry chaps, it was a typo:-(

    Thanks for correction Peter

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    Hi,
    Could we please re-check this info as Ocean Bridge definately says 9 Feb 1943,
    also, it lists the 19 killed but does not give the survivors names, so your man Bliss may well have been one of those two survivors
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    Bobby,

    Thanks for bringing the date up. You are quite correct, AL591 was lost on 9-2-43 and not 1942. Must change my reading glasses. Have corrected my original post.

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    Hi,
    Could we please re-check this info as Ocean Bridge definately says 9 Feb 1943,
    also, it lists the 19 killed but does not give the survivors names, so your man Bliss may well have been one of those two survivors
    Bobby

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    Hi All:
    I don't think that could have been the one as Bliss arrived as a passenger from the UK/Gander aboard Liberator AL528 on Feb 8, 1943 - the day before the crash of AL521 - after delivering a Boston to the UK. So there is no possibility that he could be on an inbound flight that day.
    Any other possibilities?
    Thanks and regards:
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    AL591 survivors were Captain R.E. Parker Jr., Montreal and P/O G.N. Abelson, Middlesex, England. (Toronto newspapers)

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    Thanks, Ken. A typo in my last - I meant AL591.
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