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    Default USAAF B-24J crash with 20 British POWs - Formosa - 10 Sep 1945

    Although a USAAF accident, a strong British connection. On 10 Sep 1945 B-24J 44-40491 (11th BG/98th BS) went missing off Formosa. Next to the US crew (pilot: 2nd Lt Willard C. Sharp) the B-24 had 20 British ex-POWs on board being repatriated from Japan.

    All crew and passengers missing since.

    Of British casualties I only found one name: Bombardier A.F. Compton, Royal Artillery, Singapore Memorial.

    Any additional names of (the) other UK/Commonwealth victims is welcome, thanks.

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    How many other names are on Singapore memorial for that date. CWGC.org site will tell you that much.

    There are 17 names including Compton.
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    Yes, only these 17 names are listed on the Singapore Memorial for 10 September 1945:

    JAMES WILLIAM BARKS Private 5888045 Age 27
    ERNEST WARDLE Gunner 1709551 Age 34
    HENRY WILLIAM WALDRON Gunner 1075235 Age 25
    RICHARD WARD Gunner 919795 Age 24
    LEONARD JAMES WEBB Gunner 935601 Age 27
    CYRIL WALTER WOOLL Corporal 5825494 Age 33
    JAMES SMITH Private 2881379 Age 30
    HAROLD OLIVER SOLOMON Private5776798 Age 26
    ARTHUR JAMES TUCK Private 5933902 Age 24
    CHARLES TUCKER Gunner 1104116 Age 38
    HAROLD PEET Private 5950583 Age 26
    JOHN JAMES ARTHUR BOTTING Corporal 930078 Age 23
    DOUGLAS EDWARD BUTLER Flight Sergeant 1615752 Age 22
    EDWARD ARTHUR CLARKE Private 5781783 Age 25
    ARTHUR FRANK COMPTON Bombardier 1552186 Age 31
    FREDERICK PARSONS Private 5570889 Age 25
    WILLIAM JOHN GREEN Gunner 1058664 Age 40

    There are no names listed on the Singapore Memorial for 11 September 1945.

    There are 5 names listed for 09 September, with these surnames:

    ABDULRANI BIN HAJI MUHAMMAD NUR
    RAZA KHAN
    NIRANJAN SINGH
    MAT PIAH BIN HAJI MUHAMMAD NUR
    MORE KHAN
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    The Missing Air Crew Report is #14973. I found it here, open for viewing: http://www.mansell.com/pow_resources...3_44-40491.pdf.

    The names of 20 passengers are listed on the last page of the pdf, but none of the five Singapore Memorial names from 9 September '45 appear.

    However, of the 17 names on the Singapore Memorial who died on 10 September 1945, ONLY 10 are listed as being aboard the Liberator. (There are discrepancies in spellings, but clearly only 10 names on the SM list were listed in the MACR as passengers who died.

    I haven't had time to snoop further into the other names to see if they were Americans, or if they are listed with a different date of death, etc.
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    Hello,
    Names listed in the MACR ( 16 pages available in Fold3 ).
    Spellings differ for some.
    In your list in earlier post and in MACR shown as

    Crew(5)
    SHARP. Willard Calvin Jr.
    MORTENSEN George Roger.
    DAOUST Arden Darrel.
    BARROW Jean.
    LAKE Glenn jr

    passengers (20)
    HOUGHTON, A. C. Left/Col.
    COMPTON, Arthur. A/Sgt
    HARRINGTON, Desmond. Signalman
    BATES, Sidney. Gunner
    WEBB, Leonard J. Gunner
    GREEN, William J. Driver
    GILHIM, Sidney F. Sgt.
    JAMES, William R. Sgt.
    BURKE, John L. L/Cpl.
    WOOLL, Cyril Cpl
    BOTTING, John. Cpl.
    DOXFORD, William. Cpl.
    PRICE, Charles H. Cpl.
    SOLOMON, Harold. Pvt.
    KING, Thomas P. Pvt.
    PEETE, Harold. Pvt.
    PARGTER, Ernesta. Pvt.
    TOCK, Arthur J. Pvt.
    CLARK, Edward. Pvt.
    BARKS, James. Pvt.

    ALEX
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 4th May 2018 at 03:01.

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    Some of those names appear on the Sai Wan Memorial. Must be due to the theatre they were taken prisoner from, Hong Kong or Malaya etc
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    Thank you all for this quickly provided information. Unfortunately this was not the only accident with returning POWs...

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Dennis,

    Yes, the Sai Wan Memorial. Makes perfect sense. Thanks.

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    Hello,
    Just to confirm Sai Wan Memorial names.

    Again some names are different spelling.
    Harrington.
    Bates.
    Gilhim.
    James.
    Burke.
    Doxford.
    Price.
    King.
    Pargter.

    Houghton, is in the Brookwood lists.

    Alex

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