All - I don't suppose anyone can add to the following and correct any roles ??- like providing the 5 passenger/crew who survived and Officier-vlieger Jan RADIUS service number ? - he had previously been awarded the Vliegerkruis [Airman's Cross] (recipient number 290) on 12 October 1944 for service in the Western European theatre where he showed courage, skill, perseverance and devotion to duty during war flights. - I can't seem to find in it the ORB

Liberator KH296 ex 44-44167 coded JS-J crashed in sea just after take off, killing six of the crew. One of three Liberators leaving for Cocos Is, KH296 sank back onto runway on night take-off from China Bay, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - Five men could be saved.

321 squadron, RNLNAS Netherlands Netherlands Naval Aviation

Used by 321 sqn at China Bay, Cocos Island, NEI for long range reconnaissance/ASW.

Leading Aircraftman Robert Harry George CHAPPLE RAFVR (926751) - Passenger
Sergeant Vlieger Maarten GRIFFIOEN (906482) - Pilot Dutch Royal Netherlands Navy Air Service
Officier-vlieger Jan RADIUS () Pilot - Dutch
Korporaal Vliegtuigschutter Hendrik Petrus SANTBERGEN (16862) - Dutch Gunner
Sergeant Vliegtuigmaker Telegrafist Douwe Herke SCHUITMAKER (20511) - Dutch - Telegraphist
Flight Sergeant Ernest Thomas SMITH (1533685) RAFVR Wireless Operator

Thanks Paul