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    Default RAF Liberators lost over Italy/Balkans

    Dear All,

    I have recently picked up a few photos that show an RAF Liberator that has crashed. I am guessing the crash was in Italy (due to the landscape in the background) and I assume it must have been near the allied lines/in allied territory as the rear has a note stating "aircraft that crashed near camp".

    The aircraft seems to be an in all black colour scheme so I was wondering if it was a special ops aircraft. It also has the code letter X on the fuselage. However, there is no serial number visible. There does appear to be a crest or coat of arms on the tail of the aircraft, but I have not yet scanned the image/blown it up, so have not yet confirmed this.

    I did wonder if it could be an aircraft of 1586 Flight, but was wondering if any members had a record of Squadrons operating Liberators in Italy, and if anybody has a list of losses as it would be nice to identify the aircraft.

    Thanks in advance,

    Johnnie

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    No, it is not 1586 Flt aircraft. Could you determine the aircraft Mark from the picutres? If Mk II it could be 148 Sqn aircraft. Any chance to see the pictures?
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    I'm not sure how to post images here (I was under the impression I couldn't) but I could email you a copy.

    Johnnie

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    I have send you an email.
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    Hello Johnnie,
    You can eliminate the five Liberators that I have in my Austria list in the Data section.

    Could be a SAAF aircraft ?
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    Last edited by Alex Smart; 27th February 2018 at 20:15.

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    Johnnie, you might also try the RAF Liberator Squadrons forum

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    Johnnie shall try to post pictures. This is is a B.VI crashed in the summer of 1944 in a USAAF base in Italy. It seems there were killed or wounded in the crash, the aircraft was a write off, so it shall be fairly easy to identify, given someone has losses of 178 Sqn, 31 & 34 Sqn SAAF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franek Grabowski View Post
    Johnnie shall try to post pictures. This is is a B.VI crashed in the summer of 1944 in a USAAF base in Italy. It seems there were killed or wounded in the crash, the aircraft was a write off, so it shall be fairly easy to identify, given someone has losses of 178 Sqn, 31 & 34 Sqn SAAF.

    Hi. Feel free to post the pictures as I'm not sure how to do it.

    Thanks again,

    Johnnie

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    Last edited by Franek Grabowski; 3rd March 2018 at 17:38.
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    Franek pointed out that the serial was just visible on one photo (somehow I'd missed it).

    Anyway, I've had a look and it seems to be KS983, which I don't think is actually a liberator serial.

    I'll try and scan it and zoom it, but I'm not sure it'll make it any clearer.

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