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Liberator  BZ872 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Liberator  BZ872


GR.V; ex 42-63913; dld Dorval 9.8.43; Dorval - Goose Bay 12.8.43, Goose Bay - Reykjavik 13.8.43, Reykjavik - Prestwick 15.8.43, SAL, Prestwick 17.8.43; SAL - 86 Sqn 17.9.43; 311 Sqn [E] 11.11.43; missing from night patrol 17/18.11.43 with crew of nine; believed to have ditched; SOC 30.11.43. More information in: The Liberator in RAF and Commonwealth Service by James D. Oughton , John F. Hamlin, Andrew Thomas

Incidents/Accidents

DateAircraftUnitPilot NameLocation
17 Nov 43 Liberator GR.V BZ872 311 Sqdn Sea
RemarksHenk Welting's Database

Casualties in the CWGC Register for Liberator GR.V BZ872

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantLadislav CERNOHORSKY (787565) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantLinhart FAJT (787091) Liberator BZ872  Forum Post 1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 FranceBayeux War Cemetery
Flight SergeantAlbert FUKSA (787044) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantFelix Arnost HELLER (788357) Liberator BZ872  Forum Post 1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantJosef NOVAK (788266) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantMiroslav PROCHAZKA (788089) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight LieutenantMetodej SEBELA (120757) Liberator BZ872  Forum Post 1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerHannes Edgar URBAN-EMMRICH (146062) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerAlois VAVRA (138872) Liberator BZ872   1943-11-18311 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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RAF CC Liberators - series BZ, EV, EW and FLHi all, me and my friends working on a project about No. 311 Sq and its Liberators are looking for any photo (from private collection, from any archive or at least a book reference) of any of following Liberators. We will be grateful also for photos when the planes were serving with other units than 311 Sq: BZ720 BZ723 BZ726 BZ742 BZ743 BZ745 BZ749 BZ750 BZ754 BZ773 BZ775 BZ776 BZ777 BZ779 BZ780 BZ784 BZ785 BZ789 BZ790 BZ795 BZ796 BZ797 BZ872 BZ882 BZ968 BZ975 BZ979 BZ984 BZ987 BZ995 BZ999 EV955 EW313 FL944 FL955 FL956 FL960 FL961 FL966 FL978 FL982 FL985 Many thanks in advance for any help or advice Pavel ....Read More.CZ_RAF on 6th December 2008 11:11:03
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1943 Unaccounted Airmen Database Reconciliation[B]Lesniewicz Jan P/792916 138 Squadron 1943-04-12[/B] was the W.Op./Air Gnr. of Halifax BB340 NF-D which was shot down by flak at Douvres-la-Delivrande, Calvados, France during a SOE mission. (see also [url]http://www.harringtonmuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Aircraft-lost-on-Allied-Forces-Special-Duty-Operations.pdf[/url] and [url]http://www.plan-sussex-1944.net/anglais/infiltrations_into_france.pdf[/url] ) [B]Nawrot Jan P/781688 138 Squadron 1943-07-13[/B] was an air gunner of Halifax JD155 NF-M which was shot down at Chateau d’lillebec at St.Paul-sur-Risle, France during a SOE mission. The entire was killed. (see also [url]http://aircrewremembered.com/morawski-julian.html[/url] and [url]http://www.polishwargraves.nl/langri/jd155.htm[/url] ) [B]Makowski Zbigniew P/2206 317 Squadron 1943-08-03[/B] had to bale out when the engine of his Spitfire EE717 caught fire north of Brest, France during Circus 48. (see AIR 27/1708 and [url]http://www.polishwargraves.nl/fran/2670.htm[/url] ) [B]Kondracki Lech Andrzej P/1602 316 Squadron 1943-08-09[/B] was killed when his Spitfire BS457 collided with the Spitfire BS302 of P/O. M.Maciejowski. Both pilots failed to return. F/S. Tamowicz explained, after landing, that the propeller and fore part of the engine of P/O. Maciejowski’s aircraft came into contact with the cockpit portion of the machine flown by F/O. Kondracki. The latter aircraft appearing to explode whilst the engine of the former became completely detached. Both aircraft went into a spin. He did not see a parachute himself but several other pilots reported having done so. (source AIR 27/1704) [B]McLeod Murdo 406943 3 Squadron 1943-09-11[/B] His aircraft Kittyhawk FL309 was shot down by flak near Mount Etna on 3/08/1943 and became a pow. On 17/08/1943 the airfield of Istres, where he had to do work as pow, was bombed by B17’s of 2 BG (USAAF) and he got seriously injured. He died of his wounds on 11/09/1943. (see also NAA files 1072926 and 5541330 and [url]https://www.3squadron.org.au/subpages/McLeod.htm[/url] ) [B]Lipiec Kazimierz P/784732 308 Squadron 1943-09-23[/B] The orb of the Squadron (AIR 27/1678) mentions that the Squadron was attacked by enemy fighters 20 mile inside the French coast, during a Ramrod attack on Beauvais A/F by B26’s. P/O. A.Czerwinksi and F/Sgt. K.Lipiec (Spitfire V AA912) did not come back. On the CWGC website he is mentioned as a member of 132 Squadron. [B]Lees Eric Joe 1313299 70 Squadron 1943-09-24[/B] Wellington X LN339 N took off from Kairouan North to bomb the marshalling yards at Pisa. Due to engine failures the aircraft was ditched 24 km off Leghorn. Sgt.Lees drowned. The other crewmembers were picked up by a German patrol boat. (Source : Royal Air Force Bomber Losses of the Middle East and Mediterranean, volume 2:1943-1945, by David Gunby and Pelham Temple, p.75) [B]Mell Walter 1379948 268 Squadron 1943-09-26[/B] Failed to return from a Ranger operation, flying Mustang I, ....Read More.Luc Vervoort on 21st April 2020 01:03:29
W/C and G/C Keith MacDermott HAMPSHIRE - Nos.22 and 456 Squadrons - DSO and Bar, DFCHAMPSHIRE, Keith MacDermott, W/C (Aus 147, Royal Australian Air Force) - No.22 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy in the New Guinea area." See Chris Shores, Aces High for more on his career. In March 1999, Spink offered his medals at auction in Melbourne (estimated value of $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 Australian). The medals were as follows: DSO and Bar, DFC, 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star (Bar for France and Germany), Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australia Service Medal. Their catalogue is the source of biographical material that follows, as well as recommendation for the original DSO (drafted 20 March 1943 and also found in Air 2/8756). Born in Port Macquarrie, New South Wales, 10 September 1914; beat nearly 2,500 applicants for one of 26 places in the RAAF, 18 January 1937, in which year he also represented his country in swimming competitions. Having trained at No.1 Flying Training School, Point Cook, he was commissioned a Pilot Officer in December 1937 and posted to No.2 Squadron, Laverton. Promoted Flight Lieutenant, September 1939; passed RAF Specialist Signals Course in United Kingdom, early 1940, and returned to Australia as Chief Signals Officer, Group Headquarters, Darwin. Between September 1941 and June 1942, when Australian troops were being taken to the Middle East and when Japanese submarines were attacking coastal shipping, he successively commanded Nos.6 and 23 Squadrons (Hudsons). In November 1942 he was appointed Commanding Officer, No.22 Squadron (Bostons) based at Port Moresby, New Guinea, where he was engaged in shipping strikes during the Battle of the Bismark Sea and constant bombing and ground strafing to stem Japanese advances. Attached to RAF Ferry Command in Montreal, 19 July 1943. Departed Montreal, 12 August 1943 with Liberator BZ872; departed Goose Bay, 13 August 1943; departed Reykjavik for Britain, 15 August 1943. In December took command of No.456 Squadron (Mosquitos). He galvanized a unit which had been inactive. In the first half of 1944 it was busy with intruder sorties into Europe, coastal patrols over the Bay of Biscay and defensive fighter interceptions over Britain, then Normandy. He personally led the unit from Fairwood Common to Ford on 29 February 1944. Then, with his observer, F/L T. Condon, he began to score. No.456 Squadron’s first victory was also his own - 24/25 March when a German raid of some 120 aircraft crossed the coast. Reportedly within hearing distance of squadron personnel, he intercepted a Junkers 88 of KG.6; they closed on an AI response, identified the target with binoculars, slid to the port side to avoid debris, and fired a short burst from 150 yards. The enemy disintegrated in flames, the port engine and wing falling off. On 27/28 March 1944 the Luftwaffe attacked Bristol ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 8th November 2022 04:30:31


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