|Pilot F/O William Edward Davies, RCAF J/28139 (MIA / KIA)
Passengers 13 additional crew and passengers
Crashed July 13, 1945
Built by Ford. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24L-1-FO Liberator serial number 44-49131. Intended to be transferred to the Royal Air Force (RAF) during May 1945 with serial number KL519. Instead, assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as Liberator serial number 11121.
On July 13, 1945 took off piloted by F/O William E. Davies on a mission and crashed near Bamfield on Vancouver Island.
Derek Haracka adds:
"Crashed near Flora Lake near Franklin River logging
operations. I have flown over it in a helicopter on a fire patrol
with a buddy of mine who flys for it. The site has a cairn that was erected a few
years back by a joint Canadian / US ceremony. As i search
the net i cannot find anything about this crash. I have been
told it was a flight from Tofino Airbase to Patrica Bay Airport
which is know as Victoria B.C. International Airport. All crew
were killed including a number of nurses who were on the
many years the site was quite remote but logging in the last
twenty years has made it accesible. I had a class mate in
who lived in the logging camp who told me he hiked into the
site and took one of the 50 cal. guns."
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24L-1-FO Liberator 44-49131
"49131 to RAF Mar 1945 as Liberator GR.VIII KL519"
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July 12, 2018