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  Liberator B.VI Serial Number KH108 Code AT
RCAF
5 OTU

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Ron Mills 2005

Pilot  P/O Frederick Edward Brown, 165812 RAFVR (KIA) Lincolnshire, UK
Co-Pilot  P/O James Frederick Cooke, 165715 (KIA)
Crew  Sgt Frederick Douglas Hafford, 1614739 (KIA) Essex, UK
Crew  Sgt Sidney Helper, 1320190 (KIA)
Crew  Sgt Glyn Ivor Jones, 1837039 (KIA) Glamorgan, Wales
Crew  F/O John Victor Kingdon, 147999 (KIA)
Crew  Sgt Thomas MacDonald, 1369701 (KIA)
Crew  Sgt Ronald May, 1596791 (KIA)
Crew  F/O Morris Morganstein, 163835 (KIA) London, UK
Crew  Sgt David Peggie Westwater, 1826189 (KIA) Fife, Scotland

Crashed  November 10, 1944 at 3:30am


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at Fort Worth, Texas as B-24J-75-CF Liberator. U. S. Army Air Force serial number 44-10673.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Liberator B.VI with serial number KH108 on August 9, 1944. Transferred to the Royal Canadian AIr Force (RCAF). Assigned to 5 OTU to the Abbotsford Detachment based at Abbotsford Airfield. Assigned squadron code "AT". No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 9, 1944 Took off on November 9th from Abbotsford Airfield on a night navigation mission. The entire crew were members of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). On November 10, 1944 at approximately 3:30am this aircraft crashed into a mountain near Nitinat Lake (Flora Lake) on Vancouver Island. The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Wreckage
The crash site was not found until almost a year after the mission. During 2005, the wreckage included an engines, propeller, main landing gear, tail fin and fuel tank plus other scattered wreckage.

Ron Mills visited the crash site in 2005:
"I am logging near KH-108, and found out about it through my work mates. It took a lot of investigating to get any info on it. A very moving experience to visit, and soon the grave marker will be replaced."

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead on November 10, 1944. All are memorialized on the Ottawa Memorial. Brown, Cooke, Morganstein and Kingdon on panel 3, column 2. Hafford, MacDonald, May, Westwater and Helper on panel 3 column 3. At the crash site, a memorial plaque and grave marker were erected at the crash site.

References
AviationSafety.net - accident 11-Nov 1944 B-24 Liberator
SEAC Liberator Bombers page 8, 30

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February 4, 2018

 

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