|Liberator of 148 Sqn lost on 3-4 Nov 1943||Hello,
In the evening of 3 November 1943 a Liberator of 148 Sqn took off from its Libyan base for a supply-dropping mission for Yugoslav partisans, codename Fungus 35. It did not return. It was later learned that it struck a hilltop four miles north of Kosinjski Zamost, 60 miles southeast of Fiume, on Adriatic coast of Croatia, and the seven crew were killed.
Most of my sources gave the serialof this Liberator of AL509, but another source says it was damaged beyond repair in a landing accident (nosewheel collapsed) at Aqir, Palestina, on 19 August 1942. It was then flying with 159 Sqn.
Either the damage of the August 1942 proved less important as reported, and the aircraft was repaired, or someone recorded a wrong serial in one of these cases.
Can someone clear this case, and either confrm or correct the serial of the Liberator lost in November 1943 ?
Thanks in advance ....Read More.||Laurent Rizzotti on 4th November 2011 10:45:09|
|Liberator of 148 Sqn lost on 3-4 Nov 1943||Laurent:
It was AL509, which was indeed repaired after the earlier incident.
David ....Read More.||David Gunby on 4th November 2011 02:16:52|
|Loss of Liberator AL509 of 148 Sqn RAF, 3-4 November 1943||Hello,
If someone has the ORB of 148 Sqn RAF for November 1943, I would like to check the take-off time of the Liberator AL509 of 148 Sqn RAF, that crashed in Yugoslavia during a special duties flight in the night of 3-4 November 1943.
So far, I had for take off hour 2235 hrs on the 3rd, given by [url]http://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/Aircraft%20lost%20on%20Allied%20Forces%20Special%20Duty%20Operations.pdf[/url].
But I read today in the book "Our Man in Yugoslavia: The Story of a Secret Service Operative", by Sebastian Ritchie, that this aircraft was reported on fire near the village of Kosinjski Zamost, 20 km south of its target area, at 2100 hrs local time.
I don't think that the time difference between Libya and Yugoslavia at the time can explain that this aircraft crashed more than one hour and a half before taking off, so one of the hours above should be false.
Thanks in advance ....Read More.||Laurent Rizzotti on 4th November 2014 03:46:13|