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  Liberator B.VI Serial Number KH250 Code H
RAF
355 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Rowland Totham, DFC, RAF 177155 (MIA / KIA) Wrose, Yorkshire
Co-Pilot  F/Sgt John Herbert McDowall, RAF 1522985 (MIA / KIA) Crumpsall, Manchester
Bomb Aimer  F/O Ieuan Anthony Morgan, RAF 187828 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator  F/Sgt Harold Water Emerson, RAF 1804316 (MIA / KIA) Camberwell, London
Wireless Operator  W/O Harry Johnson, RAF 655366 (MIA / KIA) Swinton, Lancashire
Wireless Operator  F/O Hugh Campbell, RAF 977546 (MIA / KIA) Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ball Gunner  Sgt Leslie Benfell, RAF 1557907 (MIA / KIA)
Front Gunner  F/O Frederick Edward Rumsey-Williams, DFC, RAF 179043 (MIA / KIA) Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Mid-Upper Gunner  F/Sgt Harold Wynne, RAF 1516012 (POW, died August 17, 1945, BR)
Rear Gunner  F/Sgt Robert Murdock Bannerman McPherson, RAF 1380358 (MIA / KIA) Bideford, Devon

Crashed  May 17, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at Fort Worth, Texas as B-24J-85-CF Liberator. Delivered to the U. S. Army serial number 44-44111. Ferried overseas to India.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Assigned to 355 Squadron with fuselage code H. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 17, 1945 took off on a mission. Over Port Blair in the Andaman Islands in India shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Fates of the Crew
F/Sgt Wynne bailed out of the aircraft and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. He died on South Andaman Island on August 17, 1945, and is now buried at the Kirkee War Cemetery.

Memorials
Nine members of the crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. The nine are memorialized on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery. Totham, Rumsey-Williams, Campbell and Morgan on column 448. Johnson on column 449. McDowall, McPherson, Emerson and Emerson on column 450. Benfell on column 451.

Wynee was officially declared dead on August 17, 1945. After his remains were recovered, he was permanently buried at Kirkee War Cemetery (Khadki) in India at grave 3. F. 5

Relatives
Peter Johnson (great-nephew of W/O Harry Johnson)

Ron Manley (nephew of F/Sgt Robert McPherson)
"I am a nephew of the tail gunner of this crew F/Sgt Robert McPherson. I have a lot more details of this crew including the full crew image and pictures of the aircraft with it's nose art."

References
CWGC - Rowland Totham
CWGC - John Herbert McDowall
CWGC - Ieuan Anthony Morgan
CWGC - Harold Water Emerson
CWGC - Harry Johnson
CWGC - Hugh Campbell
CWGC - Frederick Edward Rumsey-Williams
CWGC - Robert Murdock Bannerman McPherson
CWGC - Harold Wynne
CWGC - Leslie Benfell

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

Tech Info
B-24

MIA
MIA / POW
9 Missing
1 POW

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