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    Default RAF B-24 Liberator MK VI Black Swan, India 1944 SEAC

    Hi!


    I am looking for the serial number and unit for the RAF B-24, India, 1944
    RAF no 1673 HCU used at that time, Liberator Mark III, VI, And IX.

    Have not been able to look into AIR 29/614/7 regarding 1673 HCU

    But i think The Black Swan is a Liberator B MK VI (B-24G/H/ (J)?

    It might also be a Liberator from no 159?
    But haven't found anything in www.rquirk.com
    that could indentify this Lib.


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    https://www.b24australia.org.au/b-24.../bill-anderson

    Regards
    JohanSWE

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    Hi, JohanSWE,

    I almost missed your posting. Just inattention on my part.

    May I ask what the nature of your inquiry is? Family history? Website work? Just a curiosity-seeker?

    The B.VI Liberator (Mk VI bomber variant) named "Black Swan" was KH252, coded "S" on RAF 159 Squadron and then "X" on 358 Squadron in India. In bad weather it flew into the ground near Feni, East Bengal on 13 June 1945.

    Its original US serial number was 44-44113. Built in Fort Worth, Texas. Delivered to Dorval (Montreal, Canada) and turned over to the British on 23.9.44. Arrived in Karachi, India on 7.10.44; Struck Off Charge on 21.6.45.

    The book "The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service" by James D. Oughton has an entry for ever Liberator, but there are errors. I've compiled errors and addenda, but I don't have the time to put together a definitive list. Still, the Oughton book is a good place to start...well, that and the 1673 ORB, assuming there is one. I've never looked!

    1673 HCU evolved from 1584. Also, I suspect that some Liberators which flew on 1673 are listed in Oughton as only being on strength of 6 RFU.

    From quick perusal, I see that 1584/1673/6RFU had mostly B.III and B.VI Liberators. Two GR.III's (general reconnaissance variants of the Mk III Lib) and one GR.VI also show up in Oughton.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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    No acknowledgement from the original poster. Too bad, because I would have shared additional info. Not gonna waste any more time on this.

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    Matt,

    You should be made aware of the following:

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=54919

    Col.

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    Thanks, Col. I had not seen that thread. Not going to jump in, though.

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