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  Liberator GR.VIII Serial Number 11121  
11 Squadron

Pilot ¬†F/O William Edward Davies, RCAF J/28139 (MIA / KIA)
Passengers  13 additional crew and passengers

Crashed  July 13, 1945

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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 flight. For many years the site was quite remote but logging in the last twenty years has made it accesible. I had a class mate in 1968 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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Last Updated
July 12, 2018


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